If you have an HSA account, here are some important changes you need to know about for 2017.
The IRS has provided the annual inflation-adjusted contribution, deductible, and out-of-pocket expense limits for 2017 for health savings accounts (HSAs).
For calendar year 2017, the limitation on deductions is $3,400 (up from $3,350 for 2016) for an individual with self-only coverage. It's $6,750 (no change from 2016) for an individual with family coverage under a HDHP. Each of these amounts is increased by $1,000 if the eligible individual is age 55 or older.
For calendar year 2017, a “high deductible health plan” is a health plan with an annual deductible that is not less than $1,300 (no change from 2016) for self-only coverage or $2,600 (no change from 2016) for family coverage, and with respect to which the annual out-of-pocket expenses (deductibles, co-payments, and other amounts, but not premiums) do not exceed $6,550 (no change from 2016) for self-only coverage or $13,100 for family coverage (no change from 2016).
Eligible individuals may, subject to statutory limits, make deductible contributions to an HSA. Employers, as well as other persons (e.g., family members), also may contribute on behalf of an eligible individual. Employer contributions generally are treated as employer-provided coverage for medical expenses under an accident or health plan and are excludable from income.
In general, a person is an “eligible individual” if he is covered under a high deductible health plan (HDHP) and is not covered under any other health plan that is not a high deductible plan, unless the other coverage is permitted insurance (e.g., for worker's compensation, a specified disease or illness, or providing a fixed payment for hospitalization).
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