Benefit elections under a cafeteria plan are, with limited exceptions, irrevocable and must be made by plan participants (employees) prior to the first day of the employer-plan year. Under a newly issued IRS notice (Notice 2020-29), for the 2020 plan year, the employer-sponsored plan may permit employees (who are eligible to make salary reduction contributions) to make mid-year changes:
- With respect to employer-sponsored health coverage:
- Make a new election on a prospective basis, if the employee initially declined to elect employer-sponsored health coverage;
- Revoke an existing election and make a new election to enroll in different health coverage sponsored by the same employer on a prospective basis; and
- Revoke an existing election on a prospective basis, provided that the employee attests in writing that the employee is enrolled, or immediately will enroll, in other health coverage not sponsored by the employer.
Additionally, Notice 2020-29 allows the employee participants to:
- Revoke an election, make a new election or decrease or increase an existing election applicable to a health FSA on a prospective basis; and
- Revoke an election, make a new election or decrease or increase an existing election regarding a dependent care assistance program on a prospective basis.
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