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Is there a way to find out IRS notices on a topic? I had a question about HSA and found my answer in this notice but since its more than 10 years old, I wonder if the information therein is current or not. Specifically are following answers correct even today?

Q-69. If administration and account maintenance fees (e.g., flat administrative fees) are withdrawn from the HSA, are the withdrawn amounts treated as taxable distributions to the account beneficiary?

A-69. No. Amounts withdrawn from an HSA for administration and account maintenance fees will not be treated as a taxable distribution and will not be included in the account beneficiary’s gross income.

Q-70. If administration and account maintenance fees are withdrawn from the HSA, does the withdrawn amount increase the maximum annual HSA contribution limit?

A-70. No.For example, if the maximum annual contribution limit is $2,000, and a $25 administration fee is withdrawn from the HSA, the annual contribution limit is still $2,000, not $2,025.

Q-71. If administration and account maintenance fees are paid by the account beneficiary or employer directly to the trustee or custodian, do these payments count toward the annual maximum contribution limit for the HSA?

A-71. No. Administration and account maintenance fees paid directly by the account beneficiary or employer will not be considered contributions to the HSA. For example, an individual contributes the maximum annual amount to his HSA of $2,000. The account beneficiary pays an annual administration fee of $25 directly to the trustee. The individual’s maximum annual contribution limit is not affected by the payment of the administration fee.

  • The answers are still correct today, except the contribution limit amount listed in answers A-70 and A-71 are old. – Ben Miller - Reinstate Monica Aug 22 '15 at 4:57
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The IRS publishes the current information on their website: http://apps.irs.gov/app/picklist/list/formsPublications.html

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