I filed a 1040NR-EZ tax return in 2018. later on I realized that I had an HSA opened in 2017 which requires Form 8889 and the non-simplified 1040NR to be filed. my own HSA contribution was $0.01.

I might not file an amended form as the difference in AGI is merely 1 cent. My only concern is that if I don't do this way, IRS might not recognize the established date for this HSA since the agent never saw form 8889 in the beginning. In this case, if in later year I wanna reimburse myself for the eligible medical expense, will IRS question when my first HSA was established?

  • Your logic seems sound. What was the motivation for opening an HSA with a penny contribution? Apr 10, 2020 at 0:36
  • As a matter of fact I didn't intend to contribute any but the HSA bank needs employee's contribution first to establish an HSA account. The default is $0.01 deducted from employee's payroll. My company contributed a few hundreds to it later in the year. That's the whole picture of the story.
    – Jason
    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:48


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