The City of San Diego Flexible Benefits Plan provides City employees with the option to participate in Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). An FSA allows employees to set aside pre-tax contributions from their gross pay to be used towards qualifying expenses. A Dental/ Medical/Vision (DMV) FSA is used for qualifying medical expenses and Dependent/Child Care (DCC) FSA is used for qualifying dependent care expenses.
Some advantages include:
- They help you budget your health care and dependent care expenses in advance of the upcoming year
- You can fund these accounts through convenient payroll deductions
- In most cases, these accounts save you from paying more taxes than through either itemized deductions or tax credits
Because your contributions to both the DMV FSA and DCC FSA are on a pre-tax basis, you have more spendable income.
Note: medical insurance premiums are not eligible to be reimbursed through the DMV FSA option.
WageWorks is the administrator of the City’s Flexible Spending Accounts. Benefits include:
- Debit card for DMV account
- Submit receipts via mobile phone
- 24-hour online access to the account
- Ability to set up payments for recurring expenses
When you enroll in the FSA reimbursement option you will receive information on how to establish a log-in with WageWorks and process claims.
Estimate Your Expenses Carefully
When you enroll in the Flexible Benefits Plan for the coming year, you will need to decide how much you want to set aside in one or both reimbursement accounts. Be sure you estimate your expenses carefully as the IRS has special rules that apply and you will forfeit any remaining money after the Plan Year ends. These forfeitures cannot be deducted on your income tax return.
2023 Plan Year Designations
FY 2022 Short Plan Year Designations
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a flexible spending account?
A flexible spending account (FSA) is a tax-deferred spending account that helps City employees pay for certain medical and childcare expenses not covered by an insurance plan. Employees who enroll in an FSA will contribute pre-tax dollars from their paycheck into an account offered by the City of San Diego.
To withdraw these funds tax-free to pay for qualified expenses, employees will submit a request for reimbursement using SAP Self-Services. Some examples of qualified expenses include health insurance premiums, out-of-pocket medical costs, childcare provider fees, or preschool expenses.
What happens to my reimbursement accounts if I leave my job mid-year?
You may submit claims up to 30 days after termination for expenses you incurred while eligible for the reimbursement option. An option to continue the flexible spending account for Dental/Medical/Vision is available under the COBRA plan by paying the monthly premium plus a 2% administrative fee. A COBRA letter will be mailed to you to notify you about the plans available for continuation. If you decide to continue to contribute to the plan, an invoice will be sent until the plan year ends or when you elect to cancel.