On April 29, 2022 the Internal Revenue Service announced the HSA contribution limits for 2023. These are set each year and adjusted for inflation, and 2023 limits are significantly higher than those set for 2022.
For 2023 HSA-eligible account holders are allowed to contribute:
- $3,850 for individual coverage
- $7,750 for family coverage
This is a $200 increase for individuals and a $450 increase for families from the 2022 HSA contribution limits.
The 2022 HSA contribution limits are:
- $3,650 for individual coverage
- $7,300 for family coverage
If you are 55 years or older, you’re still eligible to contribute an extra $1,000 catch-up contribution.
To be eligible for an HSA, your health plan has to meet the following IRS criteria for a high-deductible health plan (HDHP):
- Must have a minimum deductible of $1,400 for individual coverage, and $2,800 for family coverage
- Out-of-pocket maximums cannot exceed $7,050 for individual coverage and $14,100 for family coverage
- Must have a minimum deductible of $1,500 for individual coverage, and $3,000 for family coverage
- Out-of-pocket maximums cannot exceed $7,500 for individual coverage and $15,000 for family coverage
Annual minimum deductibles have increased $100 for individuals and $200 for families from 2021, and out-of-pocket limites have increased by $450 for individuals and $900 for famiilies.
How HSAs Work
A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged savings account. Think of it as a 401(k) for healthcare. In order to contribute to an HSA, you must have a high-deductible health plan.
HSAs allow for tax-deductible contributions, tax-free interest and tax-free withdrawals for qualified medical expenses. This means the money you contribute to an HSA can be used tax-free on health expenses such as prescriptions, copays, and more. This can help you minimize your health care costs throughout the year while saving for the future.
If you choose a high-deductible health insurance plan through an employer, you are likely eligible to contribute to an HSA. If this is the case, your employer can also help to contribute to your HSA before taxes, so you can receive extra savings until you reach the annual contribution limit.
The main benefit of an HSA? It’s 100% yours. If you leave your job, you can take your HSA (and the funds that you contributed to it) with you. This is different from a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) in which the funds will get returned back to your employer.
There are three different tax advantages you can get from your HSA:
- Tax-free contributions
- Tax-free spending for all qualified medical expenses
- Tax-free growth
The result is the most tax-advantaged account on the market.
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