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Age Limit for Child Dependents - Medical Flex Spending Account

Who is considered a dependent under medical flex spending plans, and is there an age limit?
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  • Under a Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA) the following people may be covered under your plan:

    1) Yourself
    2) Your spouse
    2) A qualifying child (Age limit of 26, see details below)
    3) A qualifying relative

    A qualifying child can be covered up through the end of the taxable year in which they turn 26. For example, if your child turns 26 on March 6th you can pay for eligible medical expenses for them through 12/31/2011.

    To be a qualifying relative the following conditions must be met:
    1) The person must be your child, grandchild, stepchild, foster child or adopted child; brother, half-brother or stepbrother; sister, half-sister or stepsister; nephew or niece; the child or grandchild of any of the relatives listed above; your father, grandfather or stepfather; mother, grandmother or stepmother; uncle or aunt; or son-, daughter-, father-, mother-, brother- or sister-in-law. Or, any other person who will reside with you for the entire year (while not in violation of local law).

    2) You must provide over half of their support (shelter, food, clothing, etc).

    3) They must have the same principle abode as you and be a member of your household (by living with you) for the taxable year in which you use your FSA funds to cover their eligible medical expenses.

    4) They must not be claimed by anyone else for the calendar year.
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