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Tip 43- A Tax Trifecta!

28% of Wisconsin companies offer health plans paired with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).

If yours is one of those companies, here are three things you should know:

  1. Contributions are tax deductible
  2. The earnings are tax free
  3. Even withdrawals are tax free (with some minor exceptions)

That’s a win‐win‐win tax trifecta!
More good news: for 2012, your contribution limit will increase by $50 (from $3,050 to $3,100). Your family contribution limit will also increase (from $6,150 to $6,250).

But here’s something interesting: despite all the tax advantages, the average HSA account balance is still only about $2,000.

The Wisconsin legislature recently changed the tax treatment of HSAs to comply with federal codes. For details, go here.