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What is an HSA? Why Should I Have One?


What is an HSA, and why should you have one? Find out the benefits and qualifications for a Health Savings Account in this week's Arista Advice.

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Hello, welcome to Arista Advice. "Paul, what is an HSA, and why should I have one?" Well, health savings account is the acronym as you know, I throw a lot of acronyms around out there, and HSA is just one of them.

An HSA is a tax-advantaged account that grants you a tax deduction on the funds way into the HSA account. They grow tax-deferred,  and they come out tax-free on eligible expenses.

To qualify for an HSA, you must have four things - number one: have a qualified High Deductible Health Plan.
Number two: have no other health coverage.
Number three: not be enrolled in Medicare, and number four: not be claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax return.

Next important question -  what is the maximum amount of contribution that you can put into an HSA? 
In 2020, individual, it was $3,550, and a family account was $7,100.
In 2021, it goes up to $3,600, a whopping $50, and for a family, it goes from $7,100 to $7,200.

HSA contributions are an above-the-line dollar-for-dollar tax deduction. It's a way to get money into a qualified vehicle. That asset is then invested into a basket of index funds that we use, such as Fidelity, and then at an applicable time, you pull it out for qualifying and eligible deductions. 

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