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Childcare Expenses

The Department of Economic Security (DES) can offer childcare financial support for families. To determine your eligibility, contact the appropriate DES office, with locations throughout Arizona. Independent discounts may be available from childcare programs or providers upon request.

Employees Eligible for Full Benefits

The Internal Revenue Service has determined that employees may allocate up to $5,000 per year in a dependent care assistance account established by their employer. This $5,000 allocation includes the combined monies applied to the following UA sponsored pre-tax programs:

*You may designate an amount of pre-tax salary to be placed in a dependent care related and/or medical expenses related FSA. These tax-free dollars may then be used to reimburse you for qualified out-of-pocket medical care and/or dependent care (child/elder care) expenses. You reduce your taxable income, as no Social Security, federal or state income taxes are taken from the designated dollars and this amount is excluded from your taxable income.
 
Please note that dependent care expenditures that exceed the $5,000 limit are subject to income tax. The annual FSA figures (total costs) will appear on your Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. This information is not intended to serve as tax advice. Please consult your professional tax advisor to identify full tax implications of program use and to determine the optimal use of dependent care offerings.
 

Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Students

Eligible students may be interested in the Childcare Choice-Student program. Childcare can be a major expense for many students. Please contact a professional tax advisor to determine if you are eligible for a tax credit. Additionally, subsidized monies applied toward childcare can be considered “scholarship” income and may be subject to taxation. This information is not intended to serve as tax advice. Please consult your professional tax advisor to identify full tax implications of program use and to determine the optimal use of dependent care offerings.
 

Breakdown with Regular Child Care Arrangements?

Find out if the University-subsidized Sick Child and Emergency/Back-Up Care Program for eligible employees and students through UofA Life & Work Connections can serve as a viable care option.