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Get Non-Itemized Medical Deductions With A HSA Before Medicare Eligibility

If you aren't yet eligible for Medicare (age 65) you can obtain a tax break paying for you medical costs. However, you require to use Health Savings Account (HSA) together with a high deductible medical insurance plan to do so. Let's see the ins and outs...



Generally, the bigger your deduction is - i.e. the total amount you be forced to pay from the pocket before your insurance plan kicks in - by using an insurance coverage, smaller may be the premium you spend.

This idea relates to medical health insurance, too. But if you can pay for those lower premiums for your high deductible medical insurance plan, how do you buy those medical expenses which are below you deductible threshold?

That is where the tax break is. It is possible to set up a Health Savings Account (HSA) that you could contribute to with pre-tax dollars. And people pre-tax dollars could be earnings from work or perhaps a transfer from the traditional IRA. Importantly, HSA contributions are deductible from the income even it you never itemize.

And also the parts earnings within your HSA - i.e. interest or dividends - are tax-exempt too. And when you withdraw money from this to cover those medical expenses beneath the deduction threshold of the insurance plan, the amount of money arrives tax-free.

Rules are strict on how to try this. Yes, the HSA is a tax-deductible savings plan it is possible to contribute to with pre-tax dollars to your future healthcare expenses. However your HSA has to be associated with your participation in a high-deductible health insurance plan. Your HSA fund withdraws will probably be tax-free only if they are being used for qualified medical expenses.

-Enrolment Requirement:

Medical savings account (HSA) is really a tax-exempt trust or custodial account that you simply create having a qualified HSA trustee to cover or reimburse certain medical expenses you incur. To become entitled to an HSA:

* You can not have other health coverage except what's permitted.

* You're not signed up for Medicare.

* You can't be claimed as a dependent on another person's taxes.

In addition, you has to be participating in a high-deductible medical health insurance plan (HDHP) rather than protected by a different type of medical insurance plan (such as an HMO or PPO type plan). The HDHP should have (see table):

* An increased annual deductible than typical health plans, and

* An optimal limit around the sum of the annual deductible and out-of-pocket medical expenses that you must pay for covered expenses. Out-of-pocket expenses include copayments along with other amounts, but don't include premiums.

-2013 Annual Contribution Limits:

For tax year 2013, HSA contributions are limited to $3,250 (up from $3100 this year) for an individual covered under a high deductible health insurance plan. For those who have family coverage, your limit is$6,450 (up from $6250 this year). If you are being 55 or older you could still make one more $1,000 'catch-up' contribution. These limits increase annually.

-2013 Annual Deduction Limits:

For individual insurance policies, the minimum self-only HDHP deductible is $1,250 (up from $1200 in 2012) even though the maximum annual deductible and out-of-pocket expenses $6,250 (up from $6050 in 2012).

To see relatives insurance policies, the minimum family HDHP deductible is $2,500 (up from $2400 this year) even though the maximum annual deductible and out-of-pocket expenses $12,500 (up from $12100 next year).

Out-of-pocket expenses include copayments and also other expenses.
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