IRS Reduces 2018 Family Contribution Limit for HSAs

By March 9, 2018Blog, Health Care

shutterstock_125898980 (1).jpgOn March 5, 2018, the IRS released its Internal Revenue Bulletin No. 2018-10 announcing a $50 reduction in the maximum amount a family can contribute to its health savings account (HSA) for 2018. Effective immediately, the new 2018 limit for family contributions is $6,850, down from the originally announced amount of $6,900*(see below update). For individuals, HSA and high deductible health (HDHP) deductible limits remain unchanged for 2018. 

HDHP Defined: Family vs. Individual

According to the report, “For taxable years beginning in 2018, the term ‘high deductible health plan’ means, for family coverage, a health plan that has an annual deductible that is not less than $4,550 and not more than $6,850, and under which the annual out-of-pocket expenses required to be paid (other than for premiums) for covered benefits do not exceed $8,400.”

For taxable years beginning in 2018, the term ‘high deductible health plan’ as defined in § 220(c)(2)(A) means, for self-only coverage [individual], a health plan that has an annual deductible that is not less than $2,300 and not more than $3,450, and under which the annual out-of-pocket expenses required to be paid (other than for premiums) for covered benefits do not exceed $4,550.”

Avoid Excise Tax for Excess Contributions  

Employees enrolled in a family HDHP may need to adjust current HSA contributions. If the HSA family contribution exceeds the limit, an excise tax of 6% may be imposed to the HSA holder for excess contributions. To avoid the excise tax, employees can change their contribution amount and receive a refund, if applicable. 

*April 26, 2018, the IRS raised the limit back to $6,900. See this link for more details.

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