Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account



Dependant Care Spending Account Overview: 



  • Milwaukee County provides you with an opportunity to pay for your dependent care costs on a pre-tax basis and you also have freedom of choosing your own daycare.

    • Taking advantage of federal tax laws, the County will deduct on a pre-tax basis any amount you choose consistent with the current federal dollar limitations for dependent care costs.

  • You do not have to pay State or federal income taxes or social security tax on this money.

  • The tax savings can be applied to your dependent care costs:

    • The net result is that you can reduce your dependent care costs by 25% to 30% in the course of a year. 

  • The Internal Revenue Service Tax Codes define what constitutes a dependent.

    • In certain circumstances a dependent can include an elderly parent who needs day care.

    You should consult your tax adviser if:

There is any question in your mind of the dependency status of your children and/or parents regarding this benefit.



  • Eligibility and Enrollment:

    • All Milwaukee County employees with an assigned work week of 20 hours or more are eligible as long as they have:

      • A dependent under the age of 13 whom you are entitled to claim as a dependent on your tax return, OR

      • A spouse or other tax dependent that is physically or mentally incapable of caring for him or herself

    • Enrollment is conducted during the annual 'Open Enrollment Period'.

      • Coverage is effective at the beginning of the plan year (calendar year) and is for the whole year.
      • New hires can enroll within thirty (30) days of their date of hire and annually thereafter.


If you have questions about your flexible spending account, contact EBC, the County's third party administrator at:



To enroll: make your selection online on



Special rules apply to certain circumstances where non-custodial parents are entitled to claim the individual as a dependent.


  • Change of Family Status:

    • If you participate, you may be allowed to make a benefit change by completing a new election form for the rest of the period of coverage because of a Change of Family Status.


According to the Internal Revenue Service:

  • The following events are situations that constitute a 'Change of Family (or Employment) Status:

    • Employee or Spouse taking an unpaid leave of absence;

    • Birth or Adoption of a Child;
    • Death of Spouse or Dependent;
    • Divorce or Legal Separation;
    • Marriage;
    • Employee or Spouse employment change from Part-time to Full-time or Full-time to Part-time Status; or
    • Termination or Commencement of Spouse's Employment;
  • If you experience a change of family (or employment) status:
    • You have 30 days from the status change to modify your election.
  • The 30-day adjustment period for employees on maternity leave begins:
    • The first day they return to work.
  • The Department of Human Resources must receive notification of a status change as soon as possible:
    •  AND no later than the 5th of the month prior to the effective date of the change.



  • Plan Year:

    • Once you have elected to participate:
    • The plan year BEGINS on your enrollment date (January 1, except for new hires) and ENDS on Dec. 31;
      • You CANNOT modify your choices once they are made except for a Change of Family
    • All deductions for dependent care are use or lose:
      • If you do not make use of the amount deducted:
        • The income is forfeited to the plan.



  • Low Pay/No Pay Situation:

    • If your deductions exceed earnings, the difference over your earnings will go into arrears.
    • Payments for an arrears balance are then paid/deducted with after tax earnings.



  • Deduction Cycle:

    • There will be two deductions in the first two available paychecks during each month of participation.



  • Reimbursement Procedure:

    • If you would like Step-by-Step Instructions filing a claim with EBC for Dependent Care Flexible Spending, Click Here

      • Once you receive a bill or pay a daycare:

        • Submit the verification of payment ( e.g. statement, receipt, bill ) as affidavits of services rendered:

        • And you also need to submit using an EBC Claim Form or other methods from the step-by-step instructions.







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