Flexible Benefits Plan

MSMA Flexible Spending Link

Kittery School District has established a special program that will offer tax savings for all employees who wish to take advantage of it. The Plan is called a FLEXIBLE BENEFITS PLAN and is permissible under Internal Revenue Code Section 125.


It is a method of reducing income taxes. If you are enrolled in the unit’s group health insurance programs, and must contribute a portion of the monthly premiums, you now pay income taxes (federal, state and social security) on the amount that you contribute. Under this new program, however, your contribution is not taxed.

The Dependent Care Reimbursement Account allows you to pay certain dependent care expenses with tax-free dollars. In other words, you do not have to pay federal, state, and FICA taxes on these earnings that are designated for dependent care reimbursement.

The Medical and Dental Care Expense Reimbursement Account allows you to pay for your healthcare expenses with tax-free dollars when they are not otherwise covered by a medical insurance Plan.

For example, for a single employee taking only 1 (one) exemption:

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In the above example, the savings would be $17 a week or $884 a year. Obviously, each employee’s savings will depend upon several factors, including the type of coverage elected (single, family, low option, high option, etc.) and tax bracket.

YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE in this program. If you decide to sign up, however, (and if you are subject to Social Security withholdings) you must understand that while you will save money by having your contribution deducted tax free, you may have slightly less money contributed to your Social Security account.

You may wish to talk with your accountant or personal tax advisor before you decide. In any case, be sure to read the SALARY REDUCTION AGREEMENT form carefully. If you decide to take advantage of this program, please fill out the form, sign it and return it to the central office. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to call Michele Sawtelle in Human Resources.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Medical Care Reimbursement Account

Utilizing a medical reimbursement account (IRS section 125), an individual may be reimbursed for health care expenses, for both the individual and dependents, which are not covered or reimbursed by the individual’s insurance carrier.   This account is used for reimbursements for health/dental deductibles, co-pays for doctor visits, co-pays for prescriptions, eye glasses, contact lenses and maintenance solutions.  

Under a medical reimbursement account, the employee will make an election and will have payroll deductions made to be placed in the account.  As medical or dental bills come forward that require the employee to pay, the employee forwards the appropriate documentation to the fund administrator for payment from the individual’s account.  The employer has the authority to set the maximum amount that an employee can contribute to a medical reimbursement account in any plan year.  

Dependent Care Reimbursement Account

Dependent care reimbursement accounts allow members to set aside money for dependent care costs to be paid with pre-tax dollars. Under IRS regulations, a married individual may set aside up to $5,000 for dependent care expenses. Married couples, filing individual returns are limited to electing a maximum of $2,650. Dependent care expenses may include day care expenses, summer day camps and day care for a dependent adult. 


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