Health Savings Account
Simplify your life
Move your HSA to Ideal Credit Union
If you have a qualifying high-deductible health plan, simplify your life by opening or moving your HSA to Ideal Credit Union. You’ll earn a competitive yield with no fees and no minimum distribution amount. Interest earned is also tax free.
- Contributions are 100% tax-deductible
- Funds grow on a tax-deferred basis and funds used for eligible medical expenses are tax-free
- Funds rollover from year to year
- Funds used after age 65 are tax-free for eligible medical expenses
Simple record keeping
Accountholders are responsible for keeping records and receipts for all medical expenses paid using their HSA account. To make this process as simple as possible, we provide several tools via Ideal Online Banking.
- eStatements - view the past 7 years worth of statements
- Images of your checks written
- Records of your debit card transactions.
Do I Qualify?
- You must be covered by a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)
- You can not be enrolled in Medicare
- You can not be claimed as a dependent on another person's tax return
- You can not be covered by any other health insurance that is not an HDHP
Insurance Coverage Exceptions
The following are exceptions, called "permitted insurance" which an individual can have in addition to the HDHP and still qualify for an HSA:
- Specific disease or illness insurance
- Accident, disability, dental care, vision care and long-term care insurance
- Discount card such as a pharmacy card
- Insurance that provides a fixed payment per day (or other period) for hospitalization
Contributing to a Health Savings Account is easy – and it comes with some great tax advantages.
Who Can Contribute?
- Employers and employees as long as the account holder meets the requirements for HSA eligibility
- Family members or any other person can make contributions on behalf of an eligible individual
- Tax-deductible for the account holder
- Owned by the account holder and remain theirs until the funds are used
- Accepted year-round until the individual's tax deadline (typically April 15)
|Year 2017||Year 2018|
|Maximum Contribution (If age 55 or older)||$4,400||$7,750||$4,450||$7,900|
|The deadline for contributions is the same as your tax filing deadline excluding extentions. |
For most individuals this is April 15.
Catch-up contributions for those 55 and older are $1,000.
Spending your HSA
Spending your HSA
Spending the money you’ve accumulated in your HSA is as simple as writing a check or swiping your debit card – but to take full advantage of the benefits, there are some things you should know.
HSA funds are payable on demand. There are no restrictions on when or how you may take distributions. However, to fully recognize the tax advantages, funds must be used for qualified medical expenses.
What Happens To Unused HSA Funds?
- No use it or lose it rules
- All amounts in the HSA are fully vested
- Unspent balances in accounts remain in the account until spent
- Accounts can grow through investment earnings, just like an IRA
- Same investment options and investment limitations as IRA
- Same restrictions on self-dealing as with IRAs
What Happens When I Reach Age 65?
As of age 65, funds can continue to be used for eligible medical expenses tax-free. You may also use the funds for non-eligible expenses and you are only subject to ordinary income tax without any IRS penalty.