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Flexible Spending Accounts > DeCAP


What is DeCAP?
What is the main purpose of this program?
When can I enroll?
How much can I put aside in my spending account?
Who are considered eligible dependents?
What types of expenses are covered?
How can I benefit by joining this program?
How does this program work?
Will I receive a statement of my account?
What happens if I do not submit claims for the amount I contribute?
How can I get further information about this program?

 

What is DeCAP?
The Dependent Care Assistance Program (DeCAP) is a way to pay for dependent care expenses with before-tax dollars.

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What is the main purpose of this program?
This program enables you to provide care for your dependents while you and your spouse work or attend school full-time.

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When can I enroll?
Generally, employees can enroll during the annual Open Enrollment Period from the end of September through the end of October prior to the Plan Year.  Employees can also enroll mid-year only if a Qualifying Event occurs.

Learn more about Qualifying Events

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How much can I put aside in my DeCAP account?
The minimum contribution is $500; the maximum is $5,000.

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Who are considered eligible dependents?
A child under age 13 and any dependent who is mentally or physically incapable of caring for himself/herself and lives with you for more than half of the year, such as a dependent child or parent, a handicapped child of any age, or an incapacitated spouse.

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What types of expenses are covered?
This program pays for babysitting, nursery school, preschool, summer day camp, before- and after-school programs, and other dependent care.

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How can I benefit by joining this program?
By enrolling in DeCAP, you not only plan for anticipated dependent care expenses but also reduce your gross income for federal and Social Security tax purposes. The end result is that you save on your taxes.

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How does this program work?
First, you estimate your pre-tax contribution to your account for the Plan Year. Second, you fund your account through automatic payroll deductions. Finally, you submit a claim for your eligible expenses and a reimbursement check is sent to your home address from your DeCAP account or the reimbursement is automatically deposited into a bank account you have chosen.

Download FSA Program Forms & Brochures

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Will I receive a statement of my account?
Each participant will receive a personal account statement every month.

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What happens if I do not submit claims for the amount I contribute?
According to IRS rules, amounts not used by the end of the Plan Year will be forfeited.

Learn more about the forfeiture rules

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How can I get further information on this program?
Contact the FSA Administrative Office at (212) 306-7760.

Learn more about DeCAP

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