Flexible Benefits Is a Win-Win

Our flexible benefits plan allows participating schools and their employees to take advantage of an exciting employee benefit. Established under Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, a group flexible spending account plan is a win-win employee benefit. Participating employees benefit when they increase their spendable income. Participating employers benefit when they reduce  payroll taxes.

Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code has allowed the plan to establish the following spending accounts that allow employees to pay benefit-related expenses with pre-tax dollars:

  • Premium account: Contributions to the employer-sponsored benefit plans. If you must contribute to the cost of the employer-sponsored benefit plans such as the medical/dental plans, you can have this deduction taken on a pre-tax basis.
  • Health care flexible spending account (FSA): Covers eligible health care expenses for you and your family that are not reimbursed by any medical, dental, or vision care plan that you or a dependent may have.
  • Dependent care flexible spending account (FSA): Covers eligible dependent care expenses incurred so you can work or, if you are married, so you and your spouse can work or your spouse can attend school full time. Childcare, preschool, and before- and after-school care expenses fall into this category.
  • Cash in lieu of benefits: Schools offering a cash incentive to employees eligible to opt out of the school’s insurance plan must use a Section 125 Plan. Employees do not contribute to this account; they need only to enroll in the plan. The school pays the cash incentive directly to the employee.

How It Works

Prior to the beginning of each plan year (the 12-month period beginning September 1), employees elect the amount of their salary they will contribute to each of the spending accounts (accounts 1-3 above). Throughout the year these amounts are contributed by means of pre-tax payroll deductions. As employees incur expenses eligible for reimbursement from the health care FSA or the dependent care FSA, they submit claims to the plan. The plan then reimburses the employees for these expenses. Since contributions by employees are not considered part of their gross incomes, these contributed monies are not subject to federal, Social Security, and in most cases, state and local income taxes. Thus the employees have effectively increased their spendable income.

Note that federal law requires that all monies contributed to the spending accounts be spent on expenses incurred during the plan year; otherwise the contributed monies are forfeited.

Contact Information

  • Christian Schools International - US Flexible Benefits

For individual participant questions, please contact Laura Landstra at 877.274.8796, ext 228 or by email at llandstra@csionline.org.

For schools with questions or wanting more information, please call Todd Schilthuis at 877.274.8796, ex 251 or by email at tschilthuis@csionline.org

Fax:  269.301.2149
Mailing Address:  CSI Flexible Benefits, 3350 East Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49512
Website:  www.csionline.org/benefits

  • Arcadia Benefits Group - Arcadia is the vendor who processes claims for CSI Flexible Spending Accounts.

Contact person:  Jennifer Slayton
Phone:  269.744.3431 or 866.329.4333
Fax:  269.381.5844
Email:  jslayton@arcadiabenefits.com
Website:  www.arcadiabenefits.com
Participant Portal:  www.arcadiabenefits.wealthcareportal.com
Mailing Address:  Arcadia Benefits Group, 612 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI  49007