Health Savings Accounts
A Health Savings Account (HSA) is an alternative way to save for medical expenses and pay for health care costs. If your insurance policy is a High Deductible Health Plan (often referred to as an HDHP), you can save for qualified medical expenses – doctor visits, prescriptions, dental care and more – and do it tax-free.1
- No Monthly Fee
- Tax-deductible contributions
- Withdrawals for qualified medical expenses and dividends are both tax-free
- No annual spending requirement
- Debit card and checks for easy payment
- Annual contribution limit for 2012: $3,250 for individual plans and $6,450 for family plans 2
Certain conditions must be met before a Health Savings Account can be opened. Please visit the Internal Revenue Service’s website for more details.
In 2012, you’re eligible if:
- You’re covered under a high deductible health plan (HDHP) as described in Internal Revenue Service Publication 969.
- You have no other health coverage except what is permitted as described in Internal Revenue Service Publication 969.
- You are not enrolled in Medicare.
- You cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s 2011 tax return.
What do you need to open a New HSA?
- Current Health Plan details (Provider Name, Deductible Amount, Policy Effective Date)
- Beneficiary Information (Name, Address, Social Security Number or Date of Birth)
What do you need to Rollover or Transfer an existing HSA?
- Name of Originating Institution
- Any related Account Numbers
If I’m Transferring an existing HSA, who should the Originating Institution make the Transfer Check out to?
- SF Fire Credit Union FBO [Member Name]
1 Information on this page is not intended as tax advice. Please consult a tax professional for information specific to your situation. Contribution limits and high deductible health plan limits are revised each year to reflect cost-of-living increases.
2 If you reach age 55 before the close of the taxable year, you may also make a “catch-up” contribution. The 2012 and later catch-up contribution limit is $1,000.