On April 29, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Procedure 2016-281 announced the 2016 inflation-adjusted amounts for HealthSavings Accounts (HSAs), as determined under the Internal Revenue Code § 223.
The following is a comparison of the calendar year 2016 and 2017 limits:
|Annual HSA Contribution Limit||Y2016||Y2017|
|Individual with Single Coverage – 223(b)(2)(A)||$3,350||$3,400|
|Individual with Dependent Coverage – 223(b)(2)(B)||$6,750||$6,750|
|Catch-Up Contribution for Individual Age 55 or older||$1,000||$1,000|
|High Deductible Health Plan||Y2016||Y2017|
|Minimum Annual Deductible for Individual with Single Coverage – 223(c)(2)(A)||$1,300||$1,300|
|Minimum Annual Deductible for Individual with Dependent Coverage – 223(c)(2)(A)||$2,600||$2,600|
|Maximum Annual out-of-pocket for Individual with Single Coverage – 223(c)(2)(A)||$6,550||$6,550|
|Maximum Annual out-of-pocket for Individual with Dependent Coverage – 223(c)(2)(A)||$13,100||$13,100|
A health savings account is a tax-exempt trust or custodial account that you set up with a qualified HSA trustee to pay or reimburse certain medical expenses you incur. You must be an eligible individual to qualify for an HSA.
No permission or authorization from the IRS is necessary to establish an HSA. When you set up an HSA, you will need to work with a trustee. A qualified HSA trustee can be a bank, an insurance company, or anyone already approved by the IRS to be a trustee of individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) or Archer MSAs. The HSA can be established through a trustee that is different from your health plan provider. Information pertaining to HSAs can be found in IRS Publication 969 (Y2015)2.
IRS Publication 502 (Y2015)3 provides a comprehensive list of qualified medical and dental expenses that can be paid from or reimbursed by an HSA.
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