Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a unique investment vehicle, in that they not only allow for tax-deductible contributions, but they also allow for tax-free distributions for medical expenses. Not only does your contribution to your HSA reduce your tax bill, but all the growth from the account is tax-free as well. HSAs are a great investment vehicle for your medical expenses if you are allowed to contribute to one.
Do you have a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a deductible of at least $1,350 for individuals ($2,700 for families) and a maximum of $6,750 out-of-pocket expense ($13,500 for families)?
If you don’t have a HDHP with a minimum deductible of $1,350 and a maximum of $6,750 for out-of-pocket expenses, then you will not be allowed to contribute to an HSA account.
Will you be covered by a non-HDHP (such as Medicare Part A) for the entire year?
If you are covered by a non-HDHP for the full year, you will not be eligible for an HSA. If you are not covered by a non-HDHP, move on to the next question.
Are you claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return?
Individuals claimed as dependents will not be eligible to contribute to an HSA, although the person claiming you as a dependent may be eligible. If no one can claim you as a dependent, you are HSA eligible.
Contributing to an HSA is very tax-advantageous, and it is a great tool for saving for medical expenses. Check out this flowchart to learn more.
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