HSAs and Filing Your Taxes

Health Savings Accounts and Filing Your Taxes

The tax filing deadline is coming up soon! If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), you may have some questions about HSAs and filing your taxes.

HSAs provide a tax-advantaged financial tool for reducing out-of-pocket healthcare expenses and saving for retirement. However, because the money contributed to your account is pre-tax, it must be accounted for on your tax returns.

If you’re filing HSA tax information for the first time, you may be asking, “What is a 1099-SA form and where do I get my 1099-SA? What is an HSA Form 8889? What is Form 5498 used for?” Fortunately, we have the answers below and completing the forms is relatively easy.

HSAs and Filing Your Taxes

IRS Requirements

Let’s start with the basics. If you have an HSA, you need to include information from two IRS forms – Form 1099-SA and Form 8889 – on your 1040 tax form.

Form 1099-SA is used to report the amount of distributions (withdrawals) made from your HSA account during the taxable year. Form 8889 reports all contributions to your account. Your employer or account custodian will provide the information needed to complete these forms; some of the information is also included on your W-2.

There is also a third form for HSAs and filing your taxes. You should also receive a Form 5498-SA from your employer or account custodian. Form 5498-SA reports contributions made to your HSA for informational purposes only.

1099-SA Tax Form

When you withdraw funds from your HSA, the company that administers your account is required by the IRS to report all distributions that occurred during the year. The company will send you Form 1099-SA, which provides a list of all HSA withdrawals, including distributions made directly to a healthcare provider as well as those made to yourself.

Form 1099-SA is brief. If you use an online tax preparation software, you can probably import the information directly into your 1040 file. Otherwise, it only takes a few minutes to type in the data by hand. You can also download instructions for Form 1099-SA from the IRS website. If you file your taxes by postal mail, be sure to attach a copy of the form with your returns.

What is Form 8889?

This form reports all contributions and withdrawals associated with your HSA during the taxable year. Use this form if:

  • You or anyone else made contributions to your HSA
  • You received distributions
  • You acquired an interest in an HSA due to the death of the account beneficiary

Form 8889 allows you to:

  • Report all HSA contributions, including employer contributions and those made on your behalf
  • Calculate your HSA deduction
  • Report distributions from HSAs
  • Calculate amounts you must include in income
  • Identify any additional taxes you may owe

For more information, download Form 8889 instructions at the IRS website.

What is a 5498 IRS Form?

Since this document is for information purposes only, you might wonder, “What do I do with IRS Form 5498?” The best answer is to keep it with your tax return records. You do not need to enter the information on your tax forms. However, it can be helpful to have it close at hand when filling out Form 8889.

Tax Filing Deadline

Whether you e-file or send your forms by mail, the last day to file income taxes is April 15; if you file by mail, your returns must be postmarked no later than midnight.

Due to unusual circumstances, residents of Maine and Massachusetts get two extra days to file in 2019. This is due to Patriots’ Day, an official holiday in these states which falls on April 15 this year, and April 16 is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia. Residents in Maine and Massachusetts have until April 17.

If you can’t file your federal tax return by the deadline, you can request a six-month extension. You will need to file IRS Form 4868 before April 15 (or April 17 if you live in Maine or Massachusetts). Keep in mind that if you owe taxes, you will be charged interest on the unpaid tax until you file and pay your tax bill.

Other HSA Tax Considerations

Understanding how to correctly use Form 1099-SA and Form 8889 helps you avoid paying more taxes than you should or making mistakes that could result in IRS penalties. Keep the following in mind about HSAs and filing your taxes:

  • Withdrawals from an HSA are tax-free as long you use the money to pay for qualified medical expenses. Eligible expenses cover a wide range of medical and dental expenses, including regular checkups, office visits, surgeries, diagnostic treatments, eyeglasses, physical therapy, psychiatric care and much more.
  • HSA money spent on non-qualified healthcare expenses is considered taxable income by the IRS. Once you reach age 65, however, you can use HSA withdrawals for any reason without penalty on the distribution.
  • Contributions to your HSA that exceed the maximum allowable limit are also considered taxable income. The limit for 2018 was $3,450 for individuals and $6,900 for families.
  • Money held inside an HSA can be withdrawn at any time for medical expenses. Unlike a healthcare Flexible Spending Account, unused contributions roll over at the end of the year. This allows you to accumulate tax-free income for use later in life.
  • All earnings from funds deposited in an HSA, including interest and other investment income, are tax-exempt at the federal level. Some states do not allow deductions for HSA contributions, while others tax earnings and capital gains over a certain annual amount.

The IRS pays close attention to all financial tools that enable tax-free contributions, so it’s important to file correctly. If you have questions about your forms, or about HSAs and filing your taxes, contact your employer’s HR department or your benefits administrator.

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