2016 Higher Limits for HSA Contributions

2016 Higher Limits for HSA Contributions

 

The 2016 limits on contribution and out-of-pocket spending amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and for the High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) were increased again this year by the IRS. The IRS provided the inflation-adjusted HSA contribution, HDHP minimum deductible and out-of-pocket limits for 2016. The higher rates reflect the cost-of-living adjustment and rounding rules of Internal Revenue Code section 223.

A comparison of the 2015 and 2016 limits is shown below:

 

Contribution and Out-of-Pocket Limits for Health Savings Accounts
and for High-Deductible Health Plans
For 2015 For 2016
HSA contribution limit (employer and/or employee) Individual: $3,350
Family: $6,650
Individual: $3,350
Family: $6,750
HSA catch-up contributions (age 55 or older)* $1,000 $1,000
HDHP minimum deductible amounts Individual: $1,300
Family: $2,600
Individual: $1,300
Family: $2,600
HDHP maximum out-of-pocket amounts (deductibles, co-payments and other amounts, but not premiums) Individual: $6,450
Family: $12,900
Individual: $6,550
Family: $13,100

 

* Catch-up contributions can be made any time during the year in which the HSA participant turns 55.

Here are some important points regarding HSAs and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

HSA penalties for nonqualified expenses

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, the penalty for using HSA funds for nonqualified medical expenses for those under the age of 65 (unless totally and permanently disabled) increased from 10 percent to 20 percent of the funds used for nonqualified expenses. Funds spent for non-qualified purposes also are subject to income tax.

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