Compensation & Benefits Alert - November 2013

November 2013

On Thursday, October 31, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2013-71, relaxing the longstanding “use-it-or-lose-it” rule for employee medical flexible spending accounts (“FSAs”). In addition, for the first time the Notice allows employees to carry forward up to $500 of unused salary reduction amounts to a subsequent cafeteria plan year. The carryover option is not available to employer cafeteria plans that already incorporate the 2½-month grace period rule.