ARPA AND DEPENDENT CARE REIMBURSEMENT ACCOUNTS
Last year’s year-end Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) provided that, at the employer’s discretion, a Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) could allow unused funds from a plan year ending in 2020 to be rolled over to a plan year ending in 2021, and for unused funds from a plan year ending in 2021 to be rolled over to a plan year ending in 2022. Then, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) allowed an employer to temporarily increase the limit for a DCRA from $5,000 to $10,500 for 2021 and 2022. That is, if an employer so allowed, a plan participant in a flexible spending account with a DCRA could be reimbursed up to $10,500 for both 2021 and 2022 plus possibly more if unused funds were carried over from the prior plan year. But a potential tax hurdle remained.