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IRS reminder for COVID‑19 tests and PPE

COVID-19 home testing kits and certain PPE are eligible medical expenses.

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On September 10, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a reminder, IR-2021-181, that COVID-19 home testing kits are eligible for reimbursement under health care flexible spending arrangements (health care FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and Archer medical savings accounts (Archer MSAs).

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in many communities, the IRS also reminded taxpayers that personal protective equipment (PPE) used for the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 are eligible medical expenses reimbursable under FSAs, HSAs, HRAs, or Archer MSAs, including:

  • Masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sanitizing wipes

For more information about eligible PPE items, see this related news article or refer to IRS announcement 2021-7.

COVID-19 home testing kits and other items used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are available on the Optum Store.