Parents who use FSA benefits in accordance with UrbanSitter pay their sitters for each booking via credit card to maintain accurate and verifiable records of sitter payments. At the end of the year (or benefit period), parents are then welcome to download a spreadsheet detailing their booking and payment history right from our website!
To do so, access your UrbanSitter account on the website > drop-down menu > Transactions > click "Print-friendly view" > follow your internet browser's instructions to print the page. Please note that your transaction history will include all completed sitter payments via credit card as cash payments are not verified by UrbanSitter.
Please note that when it comes to end of year taxes or FSA reports, we share UrbanSitter's records or EIN in correlation to the fees paid directly to UrbanSitter. It is our understanding that to claim babysitter hours and the payment made for tax or expense purposes, you will need to obtain the SSN of the sitters. Each sitter would need to provide that to you on an individual basis. For more information and resources on filing your childcare taxes or claiming childcare expenses for your FSA, please feel free to review this blog article at any time. Also, some parents on UrbanSitter have successfully synced their FSA debit cards with their UrbanSitter account to pay sitters through our online payment tool. Again, these type of cards each come with their own unique set of restrictions and we encourage you to contact the card provider for details.
For more information on how paying sitters through UrbanSitter works, check out our How do I pay sitters via credit card? FAQ.