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Flexible Spending Account Bed Purchase? 05 Jul 2012 18:15 #1

  • BigPhi84
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Hi, all.

I was wondering if any of you had used Flexible Spending Account monies to purchase a latex bed. I've read the restrictions and it seems as though there is a grey area on whether this is allowed or not. There's one latex bed website that has a print-out prescription that you can get your chiropractor or allergist to sign, and they promise to do the rest of the paper work. What are your thoughts about this?

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Re: Flexible Spending Account Bed Purchase? 05 Jul 2012 22:54 #2

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Hi BigPhi84,

I have no specific knowledge of this. My DH had a flex spend account when she was teaching and we did some research into what was allowed to decide on the amount that whe would likely use but I don't remember seeing anything or researching about mattresses. In general, my understanding is that if it is allowed as a medical deduction according to [url=Publication 502 (2011), Medical and Dental Expenses ]Publication 502 (2011), Medical and Dental Expenses[/url] then it would be allowed. My thoughts would be that it would depend on the legitimacy of the medical need and my "gut" says that a "normal" latex bed would probably not qualify.

If they are having success though then they would know more than me and who's to argue with results ... although I would still question whether it would pass some kind of audit if the legitimate medical need and prescription wasn't really valid. There would be a lot of people buying latex mattresses before they lost their funds if this was the case :).

I would probably ask a tax expert or the people who run your plan who could "interpret" any grey areas like this to get a definitive answer though.

My best answer is "I have my doubts but I don't know for sure". I think the laws regarding a "prescription" to eliminate the fire retardant barrier would likely be a little more lax than the laws regarding flex spend plans.

Phoenix
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