IRS Increases HSA Limits for 2018
With IRS Rev. Proc. 2017-37, the IRS provided several new increases to various categories that Individuals and Families may elect into a Health Savings Account (HSA) if they have a compatible HDHP (High Deductible Health Plan).
For 2018, the annual contribution limitation for a person with self-only coverage under a high-deductible health plan is $3,450, up from $3,400 in calendar year 2017.
The annual limit on deductible contributions for a person with family coverage under a high-deductible health plan will increase by $150 – from $6,750 in 2017 to $6,900 in 2018.
According to the IRS, a HDHP (High-Deductible Health Plan) is defined under Section 223(c)(2)(A) as a health plan with an annual deductible that is “not less than $1,350 for self-only coverage or $2,700 for family coverage.” Both of those amounts increased from 2017’s limits.
Annual out-of-pocket expenses (OOPMAXes) – such as deductibles, copayments, and other amounts that do not include premiums – will have a maximum limit of $6,650 for individuals and $13,300 for families, which also increased from 2017’s limits.
Readers that are familiar with IRS Publication 969, will recall that the benefits of an HSA include:
- You can claim a tax deduction for contributions you, or someone other than your employer, make to your HSA even if you do not itemize your deductions on Form 1040.
- Contributions to your HSA made by your employer (including contributions made through a cafeteria plan) may be excluded from your gross income.
- The contributions remain in your account until you use them.
- The interest or other earnings on the assets in the account are tax-free.
- Distributions may be tax-free if you pay qualified medical expenses.