Get the Most Tax Savings Out of Your HSA

If you have a health plan with a health savings account (HSA), there’s still time to maximize your tax savings for 2011! You have until April 17, 2012 to make contributions that can be deducted from your 2011 taxes. Per the IRS, you can contribute the 2011 maximum allowable amounts of $3,050 for individual health coverage — or $6,150 for family, and if you’re 55 or older, you can add $1,000 to each of those amounts. 

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Start Building Your 2012 HSA Tax Savings

For 2012, the IRS maximum allowable amounts will increase, so why not take advantage of that! When you make regular HSA contributions throughout the year, your tax savings will really add up.

How Can You Benefit From Tax Savings?

An HSA provides triple tax savings by reducing your taxes.

Here’s how:

  •  Contributions to your HSA can be made with pre-tax dollars, which reduces your taxable income
  • Any after-tax contributions that you make to your HSA are tax deductible
  • HSA funds earn interest tax free and when used for eligible medical expenses are also free from tax

 

What Can You Use HSA Funds For?

You can use your HSA to pay for qualified medical expenses as defined in the IRS Code Section 213 (d).

In general these expenses include:

  •  Health plan deductibles
  • Co-insurance
  • Prescribed medicines and drugs, and insulin
  • Dental expenses for the prevention and alleviation of dental disease
  • Vision care
  • Hospital bills for medical services
  • Certain medical equipment

One benefit of having an HSA is that any unused funds roll over from year to year and keep growing. There’s no “use it or lose it” penalty. HSA funds can also be used to reimburse yourself for past medical expenses if the expense was incurred after your HSA was established.

 

Who is Eligible for an HSA?

Anyone who is covered by a qualified high deductible health plan (HDHP) is eligible as long as:

  •  You are not also covered by a non-HDHP except as otherwise allowed by the IRS Code
  • You are not enrolled in Medicare
  • You cannot be claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return

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How Do an HDHP and an HSA Work Together for You?

  • While paying lower premiums for your HDHP, you can put those savings into your HSA
  • You can use your HSA funds to pay for qualified medical expenses

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Is an HSA Right for You?

From tax savings to investment opportunities, there are many advantages to having an HSA. All you need to get started is a qualified HDHP. To see if an HSA is right for you, check out this tool from HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, N.A.. You can also calculate your tax deferred growth and future value of your Health Savings Account with this tool. HSA doesn’t provide tax advice and advises to you consult your tax professional for any tax-related questions.

 

What questions about health savings accounts do you have?