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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

What to know about flex account contribution limits

By Kimberly Lankford


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Know the rules and, more importantly, the changes


Q: I understand that the contribution limit for a medical flexible spending account will drop to $2,500 in 2013. Is that the limit per household or for each working spouse? Our family's out-of-pocket medical expenses average about $4,000 a year. Can I contribute $2,500 to my FSA at work and my wife $1,500 through her employer? Can I use money from my FSA for some of her expenses? And is the $5,000 limit for dependent-care FSAs per person or per family?


A: The $2,500 limit for medical flexible-spending accounts is per person per plan rather than per household, so if you and your wife both have FSAs through your jobs, you can each contribute up to $2,500 in pretax money to your FSA accounts. You can use the money from either spouse's FSA on out-of-pocket medical expenses (but not premiums) for any family member, including eligible dependents.


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Most plans even let you use medical FSA money for medical expenses for children through the year they turn age 26, whether or not they're covered under your health insurance or considered to be dependents for tax purposes. Check with your plan to see if it allows you to do so, says Jody Dietel, chief compliance officer for WageWorks, which administers FSA plans.


The contribution rules are different for dependent-care FSAs. That $5,000 limit applies per family if you are married filing jointly or if you're a single parent (or $2,500 each if you're married filing separately). So if both you and your wife are offered dependent-care FSAs at work, be careful not to exceed the limit when you sign up during open-enrollment period.

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Kimberly Lankford is a Contributing Editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance.



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