Tap into the Power of HSAs for Tax Savings

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) can seem confusing, but used wisely, they can significantly reduce your tax bill. Let’s break down how to capitalize on them.

What is an HSA?

An HSA is a dedicated account to set aside money (on a pre-tax basis) to pay for current and future medical expenses. Some of the qualified expenses that you can use your HSA for include co-pays, dental care, contact lenses and glasses, and prescriptions.

To qualify for an HSA, you must have a high deductible health plan. You are not taxed on the money you contribute to your HSA, you are also also not taxed when you withdraw it to pay for qualified medical costs. 

Leveraging the Tax Benefits

HSAs provide three key tax advantages:

1. Contributions are tax-deductible, lowering your taxable income.

2. Funds grow tax-free, avoiding tax on interest and investments.

3. Withdrawals for medical expenses are tax-free.

This trifecta offers tax savings you don’t want to ignore.

Key Rules

Some important guidelines include:

·  You need a high deductible health insurance plan.

·  Contribution limits apply – $3,850 for individuals for 2023 and $7,750 for families. 

·  Keep all of your receipts for tax-free withdrawals.

·  Non-medical withdrawals face penalties until age 65.

Max Out Before Year End

If you haven’t fully funded your 2023 HSA, take action before December 31st. Consult your tax advisor to see if additional contributions now are beneficial to your situation.

You can contribute up to the 2023 limit until the 2024 tax deadline in April. But contributing now starts tax savings faster and allows more time for your money to grow tax-free).

An HSA can generate substantial tax savings for many years if fully utilized. Seize the opportunity now to tap into its potential as one way to optimize your tax situation for 2023. 

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