To make the most of your Health Savings Account, you’ll have to make contributions to it. After all, your account will need funds in it if you’re going to use it for approved purchases like health services and medical supplies.
And while that may seem simple enough, there are rules and regulations surrounding these contributions that you’ll want to be aware of.
Contribution limits are the maximum dollar amounts you can add to your HSA in a calendar year. These limits are set by the Internal Revenue Service and often change from one year to the next. For 2020, the maximum allowable contribution is $3,550 for an individual and $7,100 for a family.
It’s important to note here that there’s no maximum balance you’re allowed to have for your HSA; just a maximum amount you can add in a year. So if you’ve carried over funds from a previous year, you can still contribute up to $3,550 for individuals and $7,100 for families.
If you’re 55 or older, there are additional contributions you can make called “catch-up contributions.” In 2020, the limit on additional catch-up contributions is $1,000 per individual.
Married couples can make two catch-up contributions in the year (if both spouses are eligible), but these must be made into separate accounts.
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There’s more than one way to contribute to your HSA. But remember that some options can be set up only through your employer, and may rely on the benefits that have been set up through your employment.
In general, however, these are the available contribution methods:
- Employee pre-tax payroll withholding
This contribution is an amount that you typically determine (up to the maximum allowed). It is withheld from your total paycheck and deposited into your HSA.
- Employer contributions
If your employer chooses, they may make an additional or “matching” contribution to your HSA as part of your employment benefits. These are considered non-taxable income.
- Individual contributions from account owner or other individual
These are contributions you (or someone else) make personally to your HSA. These contributions are tax-deductible for the HSA account holder.
- IRA or Roth IRA rollover
These are contributions you make by transferring the funds from an IRA into your HSA.
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