IRS Announces that Personal Protective Equipment Can Be Treated as Medical Expenses

On March 26, 2021, the IRS issued announcement 2021-7, indicating that personal protective equipment (PPE) can be treated as medical expenses under §213(d) of the IRC. Specifically, PPE, including masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, can be deducted on individual taxpayers’ taxes or reimbursed under FSAs, Archer MSAs, HSAs and HRAs.

The PPE may be reimbursed through the reimbursement programs listed above beginning on or after January 1, 2020. Group health plan sponsors will need to amend their plan documents to reflect this change by December 31, 2022.

Plan sponsors should be mindful of this guidance. While the announcement does not require an employer communication be sent to employees, employers should work with their service providers and vendors to facilitate this change to their plans.

Announcement 2021-7 »