Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) Plan

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Important Information Regarding Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) Plan and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) Plan

The Dependent Care Reimbursement Account is a voluntary benefit for eligible employees that offers significant tax advantages and could increase an employee's take home pay. The program allows for the reimbursement of out-of-pocket dependent care expenses from money deducted from an employee's paycheck before federal, state, and FICA taxes are deducted. Taxable income on an employee's annual W-2 statement will be reduced by the amount placed in the account.

Expenses eligible to be reimbursed from the CSU Dependent Care Reimbursement Account are expenses for certain dependent care if the care is required in order for the employee (spouse) to work.

Eligible dependents for whom the DCRA reimbursements can be claimed are:

  • A child under age thirteen (13), for whom an employee or spouse can claim dependent status on their income tax return,
  • A spouse who is physically or mentally unable to care for him/herself, or
  • A financially dependent member* of an employee's household, who regularly spends at least eight hours each day in the employee's home (*Including an employee’s domestic partner if the domestic partner is a dependent).

Please refer to the DCRA brochure or ASI's website for details regarding eligible dependents and limitations.

Employees may contribute any amount from a minimum of $20 per month to a maximum of $416.66 a month ($5,000 annual maximum), and an after-tax administration fee is deducted from each monthly pay warrant in which a contribution is taken. 

If an employee is married and filing a separate tax return, the annual maximum is $2,500. If an employee or spouse's earned income is less than $5,000 a year, the maximum contribution is equal to that person's earned income.

*Any money left in employee's account after expenses have been paid for the year is forfeited.

*Employee must re-enroll during the annual open enrollment period each fall to participate during following calendar year. Contribution amount may be changed at that time.

Claims reimbursements are processed three (3) times per month per the following schedule:

Claim Receipt Date

Claim Reimbursement Date

5th of the month

15th of the same month

15th of the month

25th of the same month

25th of the month

5th of the following month

Additional Information

Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) Brochure

Contact Information

P.O. Box 6044
Columbia, MO 65205-6044
Toll Free Fax: 1-866-381-9682
Infoline: (800) 366-4827

If there is a discrepancy between this information and the official plan documents and contracts, the official documents will always govern.