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What is a deductible?

New grad just out of college and working at a job that is asking me how much I want to contribute to my HSA. My medical plan deductible is $3,000 and I am a single filer (when it comes to tax) so I ...
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No-Deductible plan or High Deductible HSA plan?

The Company I work for is offering two Insurance options starting this year. One being the No-deductible plan I am currently on, and the other being a 1500$ deductible plan with an HSA that they will ...
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HSA and tax free investing

The below is a quote from another HSA question's comment: I agree. To your point the best course of action would be to max out your HSA contributions, not distribute them even if you can, invest ...
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Will I be Taxed for Switching HSA Providers?

I always thought the HSA provider assigned to me by my employer was my only option, but recently read that I am free to choose my own. If the account has grown beyond the size of my contributions, ...
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Can both spouses claim Family Employer Contribution?

2 spouses (X and Y) with 2 kids (x and y). They both work and both their employers offer HSA plans with Employer Contribution. X works for company XXX that offers 600$ for Employee and 1200$ for ...
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Getting health insurance with the highest deductible and putting the savings in HSA

I'm thinking about getting the highest deductible plan for next year, which would save us a lot of money. With that money, I'm planning to put all the savings (and some more) into our HSA account. We ...
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HSA over-contribution if I lose my job part way through the year

My employer provides my health insurance as part of my compensation and benefits package. It is a qualifying HDHP and as such every year I generally max out my HSA, either through payroll deductions ...
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Moving from individual HDHP to family HDHP, can my wife only contribute to an HSA?

I have had an HSA account that I used to contribute to for my HDHP plan through my employer. This year I am on my wife's HDHP plan through her employer. Does this mean I can no longer contribute ...
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Moving from Family HDHP/HSA, to individual HDHP/HSA and individual FSA?

A similar question was asked here, but in this case they were looking to move to a family plan. Wife has FSA with employer, and my new employer offers an HSA plan. What to do? My situation is my ...
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Contribute IRA money to HSA outside of qualified transfer route?

I live in the US. I will be 59.5 on October 31, 2019. I have a Traditional IRA and an HSA (and coverage under a high deductible health plan, as I believe is required for making HSA contributions). ...
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Health Savings Account without Earned Income

I live in the United States. I have read that you can contribute money to a Health Savings Account even if you are no earned income. It that right? The reason I find it a bit hard to understand is ...
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Choosing between Tradtional PPO and HDHP with high prescription cost

I have been on some variety of HDHP most years since about 2005. The math has almost always been a no-brainer, particularly at my last place of employment. However, I started with a new employer in ...
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How to find HSAs?

I just started a new job with a health plan that includes an employer contribution to an HSA. This is my first time ever having an HSA. Until I started looking, I thought an HSA was something that I ...
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HSA eligibility when with employer plans

My employer offers two health plans: PPO with optional FSA HDHP (high deductible health plan) with an HSA option. The plans have identical coverage, the difference is in the premiums, deductibles, ...
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HSA debit overlaps PreAuthorization

I just checked my HSA account after using my debit card for a bi-annual dental cleaning, and the numbers weren't adding up for my expected balance. The debit card transaction is still pending, but the ...
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Are US HSAs taxable in the UK?

I'm working temporarily in the US, but I'm from the UK. I have a Health Savings Account (HSA), which works similarly to a retirement account (penalties for withdrawals before 65, free thereafter; tax-...
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HSA contributions made between January 1st 2019 and April 15th 2019

Which year can they be claimed in? Some background: In Feb 2019 I made a deposit of about $2,000 to my HSA so I would max out the $3,450 HSA limit for 2018 (and reduce tax liability). Unfortunately I ...
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Can my spouse and I both have HSA's at the same time if I am covered on his health insurance plan?

My husband has a HDHP through his employer which I am covered on, along with our 3 children. He has an HSA plan that he contributes to through his employer in the amount of $200 every two weeks or ...
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Do I get reimbursed from my HSA for amount applied to the deductible or the actual amount paid?

My health plan (Cigna) through my employer is a HDHP that comes with an HSA (through HSABank). When somebody in my family gets medical services, they "bill" the insurance, which tells the medical ...
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Medicare Part A and a Health Savings Account (HSA)

I'm over 65, have a part-time job with a high-deductable health plan and a Health Savings Account (HSA). I want to take Social Security, which includes Medicare Part A automatically (retroactive for ...
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Returning an HSA distribution when there was no “mistake in fact”

I used a medical provider who does not deal with insurance. I had already spent my out-of-pocket maximum, so if this provider had dealt with insurance, they would have been paid entirely by insurance ...
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gap in employer provided hsa

I had a qualified HDHP and HSA Jan to thru April. Now another qualified HDHP and HSA July thru December Can I use funds in the second HSA to pay qualified Expenses dated during the first qualified ...
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One year to next and/or roll overs?

We have had a HSA acct for a number of years. If I got a qualifing procedure done in the year 2018 can I pay in 2019? Is there any rollover amount from one year to another.
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Minimizing medical costs with HSA

After landing a new job, I opened a health savings account (HSA) in February 2019. I decided to contribute $1 of my pay per pay period to my HSA. However, I can change my contribution amount at any ...
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Should I prioritize my 401(k) over my student loans?

Lately things have been a bit tight. Between student loan payments, my HSA, my 401(k) and bills my account balance isn't going up or down, its stagnant. I am wondering if I should decrease my savings ...
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What is the risk of making post-tax HSA contributions w/o deductions, upon withdrawal?

Consider an employee enrolled in an HDHP with an HSA, and an employer that makes pre-tax contributions. In addition, in later years, while still enrolled in an HDHP, the employee makes personal, post-...
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Can I defer starting Medicare if 65 and on COBRA after a lay-off? (HSA, COBRA, and Medicare)

I turned 65 in February, am still working full-time, and have medical insurance through my company that qualifies me to defer signing up for Medicare. I've been contributing the maximum to my HSA ...
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pros and cons of HSA in Investment account

I have my HSA that is currently in savings or checking account. The Insurance company provides option to keep the money in Investment account. What are the pros and cons of parking HSA fund in ...
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HSA - Continue to Invest?

I have an HSA that allows me to invest the money in the account in the stock market. Any money not invested is available to be used for health expenses. I currently have ~50% of the total balance of ...
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HSA Based Income Tax Optimization Strategy

A hypothetical individual living in the USA held a high deductible healthcare plan (HDHP) in 2017, 2018, and in 2019. She maxed out her HSA contributions in 2017 and 2018 but did not make any ...
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Credits, Refunds & Reimbursements made prior to April 15th for Prior Year HSA Qual Disbursements

Apr '19: I've recently worked w/ my HSA trustee/custodian (my CU) to correctly code HSA reimbursements transactions in early 2018 for HSA Qualified Distributions in 2017. Same for 2019/2018. So we ...
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Can an ESOP employer match contributions to an HSA?

Can an ESOP employer match contributions to an HSA? How can you optimize your HSA?
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Can US expat open an HSA? [duplicate]

I am 60 US citizen, live in Costa Rica, receive a pension, and have a high deductible ($2500) US expat health insurance. I was wondering if I can open and use an HSA to pay my healthcare costs in CR ...
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Question on part lll of form 8889

I have HDHP for the whole year 2018 and only has non-taxable contribution (code DD on W2). I also have a small qualified distribution on 2018. Do I leave the part lll blank on form 8889.
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Withdrawals from HSA

I understand that qualified withdrawals from HSA are tax free. If I am right in my understanding, then why are withdrawals deducted from the HSA contribution on form 8889 to determine the tax-...
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Can a corporation directly contribute to a personal HSA?

Personal HSA contributions are deductible but you still end up paying FICA (Social Security and Medicare) on the income prior to deduction. Same goes for the corporation that is paying you (they pay ...
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Reimbursing myself for health related expenses years after they occur w/HSA?

I have an HSA which I primarily use as an investment vehicle, I have not taken any money out for eligible expenses but continue to contribute and invest those funds. I have read that I can essentially ...
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Medical expenses incurred during HSA and later filing

I have past medical expenses that I could not pay with HSA money since I ran out of HSA funds. That is, I maxed out what I could contribute for the year and used it for other medical expenses. I ...
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Could my FSA from my previous job disqualify me from doing an HSA with my new one?

I had my previous job 2015 through August 2018. Near the start of the job, I remember contributing something like $200 to an FSA. I regretted my decision (since I hate dealing with FSA complications) ...
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What are the upsides and downsides of doing an HSA rollover contribution vs. an HSA trustee-to-trustee transfer in the United States?

In the United States, what are the upsides and downsides of doing an HSA rollover contribution vs. an HSA trustee-to-trustee transfer? I am aware that: one cannot do more than one HSA Rollover ...
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What should a medical receipt contain to be IRS-approved for an HSA withdrawal in the United States?

In the United States, one must keep records of all one's medical expenses processed through one's HSA in case of an IRA audit. What should a medical receipt contain to be IRS-approved? I'm assuming it ...
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How to report HSA capital loss on California tax returns, Schedule CA 540 form?

How do we report Capital losses on HSA for California State taxes form schedule 540? Do we need to attach Schedule D (of CA)?
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HSA Eligible Expense: Prepayment [duplicate]

I started a HDHP medical plan and HSA account on 1/1/2019. We then had our first child on 1/8/2019. The OB/GYN office took a prepayment for the delivery services before 1/1/2019. So the question is: ...
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Alternatives to VFIAX

I've had some of my HSA invested in VFIAX, an s&p 500 passive fund and also fourth largest fund in the US. My new HSA provider does not offer the fund. On offer are: VSIAX (Small value), VIGIX, ...
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What defines a transportation-related medical expense to be “primarily for, and essential to, medical care”?

I'm trying to understand which transportation-related medical expenses are IRS-Qualified Medical Expenses for health savings accounts (HSA). I understand that Publication 969 defines what HSAs are, ...
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Do employer contributions to an HSA count towards contribution limits?

They 2019 HSA contribution limit for a single person is $3,500. If my employer contributes $500, does that mean I can only contribute $3,000, or can I still contribute the full $3,500?
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Do HSAs have income limits for deducting contributions?

Traditional IRAs have income limits for claiming contributions as deductions. Do HSAs also have income limits for claiming contributions as deductions?
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Contribution limits and deadlines for HSA clarification

Taken from here. Partial Year Contributions If you establish an HSA by at least December of any year, your maximum contribution is the maximum amount (described above) for that calendar year. ...
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Using a healthcare Flexible Spending Account at the same time as a Health Savings Account?

Here is my situation: I have the high deductible insurance plan. The coverage includes my wife, dependent daughter and mysef. I contribute to an HSA. My wife has her own insurance through her ...
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HSA and Medicare: what if I get laid off?

I'm approaching 65; will continue working for a large company; will not be taking Social Security; have a high deductible insurance plan through my company which I will continue using (so will not ...