What is This Program?
The program offers financial assistance to Vermont State employees for their work-related child care expenses. The funds are made available through labor/management agreements with the State of Vermont. This initiative is the result of employee surveys and feedback on child care and child care assistance.
What Kind of Child Care is Eligible for Reimbursement?
- Reimbursement will be available for State employees who spent at least $300 for regular, on-going, work related child care for children aged 13 or younger (as of December 31, 2017).
- Child care must be provided by a registered or licensed Child Care Provider or an Approved Relative Childcare (ARCC) Provider. You may call the Child Development Division at 1-800-649-2642 to confirm the status of your child care provider.
- The cost of child care provided by individuals (including relatives) who do not fall into one of the approved provider categories above cannot be reimbursed.
Who is Eligible?
- Full-time State Employees employed between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017
- Full-time State Employees employed for more than six (6) months, but less than twelve (12) months between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 (eligible on a prorated basis)
- Part-time State Employees who have completed one thousand forty (1,040) hours of regularly scheduled work between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 (eligible on a prorated basis)
- Whose federal taxable income (after deductions) does not exceed $65,000
- All Permanent Employees in the Executive Branch of State Government are eligible
- Applicants must be employed as of April 15, 2018
Note: Above categories include Limited Service Employees, but do not include Temporary Employees or Contract Workers.
How Does the Program Work?
Interested and eligible employees must mail an Application to the VT/VSEA Child & Elder Care Committee. The Committee meets monthly to consider all applications submitted. Funds will be allocated within eligible federal taxable income groups with income under $65,000 (after deductions).
Are There Tax Implications?
In accordance with Payroll guidelines, the Child Care Cost Reimbursement is no longer a non-taxable grant. Consequently, your reimbursement will be included in your paycheck and taxes will be deducted at your payroll tax level. If you have questions about this, please contact the Payroll Division.
By law, IRS guidelines and eligibility must apply. This program may not be ideal for everyone. Applicants for child care cost reimbursement who also take a child care income tax credit, may need to amend their tax statements. State employees are advised to consider their own tax status or consult with a tax advisor before applying.
Will this Program Affect My FSA?
State employees who apply for a Child Care Cost Reimbursement and who also make use of a Flexible Savings Account (FSA) to pay for child care costs, should take care to properly calculate the total amount of their pre-tax income to be deposited and later withdrawn. Employees with questions about their FSA should call Employee Benefits at 1 800 828 6700, option 1, then option 3.
Where is the Application?
The application form is in the Forms & Documents section of the SOV Website. An icon has been provided at the bottom of these Guidelines. You could also call the Administrator at (800) 287-8322 to request an application.
When Should I Apply?
Applications, along with documentation, should be mailed via the US Postal Service, postmarked by April 15, 2018. Limit ONE application per household. Applicants who filed an Income Tax extension should send a copy of their extension along with their reimbursement application. Applications accompanied by a tax filing extension will be held active until August 15, 2018.
When Can I Expect a Response?
All applicants will receive acknowledgement of their Application. If eligible, reimbursements will be included in the next payroll check following June 30, 2018. Taxes will be withheld at your payroll tax level.
How Much Can I Expect to Get Back?
Reimbursements will be affected by the number of applicants. Applications will be sorted by household income. The maximum reimbursement per household, per year, could be as much as $1,000, before taxes.
What is the Mailing Address?
The application, and required documentation, must be mailed via the US Postal Service, postmarked by April 15, 2018 to the address shown. Any other type of submission will not be accepted.
VT/VSEA Child & Elder Care Committee
PO Box 105
Huntington, VT 05462
Be sure to include any necessary documentation (see page 2 of the application) and a copy of your Income Tax extension, if applicable.
Members of the VT/VSEA Child & Elder Care Committee: