Having a Health Savings Account (HSA) at First Southern is smart and simple. An HSA is a tax-exempt account established exclusively for paying qualified medical expenses. There are many reasons why an HSA is good for you and your family:
The funds deposited into your account are not federally taxed, nor is the interest you earn on the account balance.
Use funds deposited into your HSA to pay for current and future medical expenses for yourself, your spouse or your dependents using your special HSA debit card or transfer funds to your checking account to pay for or reimburse yourself for payment of qualified expenses.
This is not a “use it or lose it” type of account. You may accumulate your unused balance and interest without limit and access the funds in subsequent years.
A First Southern HSA features the benefits below:
Earns interest regardless of your balance; interest credited monthly.
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Have questions about how an HSA would work for you and your family? Our goal is for you to fully understand the ins-and-outs of an HSA so you can make an informed decision on whether or not this account is right for you.
Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs, were signed into law on December 8, 2003, for use in conjunction with High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP). Pre-tax funds are contributed and deposited into these accounts for the purpose of paying for current and future medical expenses. As needed, you may withdraw the funds, tax-free, to pay for medical care for yourself, your spouse or your dependents.
HSAs are controlled by the individual owner of the account, not the employer or the insurer.
You can make contributions by salary deduction—these are pre-tax.
You can make contributions thru non-salary contributions or random contributions. These are not pre-tax and will be reported as after-tax contributions, then they may be deducted on your tax return.
Employers can make some, all or none of your contributions. Employer contributions are never taxable to you and they must be comparable for all employees participating in the HSA plan.
Self-employed individuals, members of partnerships and S-Corporation shareholders are generally not considered employees and cannot receive an employer contribution, but they can make deductible contributions to their own HSA.
The table below shows the annual contributions limits for 2022 and 2023. If you are over 55, you can make additional catch-up contributions. You have until April 15th of each year to make contributions for the prior year. Every year, these dollar amounts change as the IRS adjusts the limits for inflation.
No. You can open your account with any financial institution that is an HSA provider. If your insurance provider is partnering with a financial institution to provide an integrated package, you may want to consider the benefits of the partnership. However, you should also consider the quality and level of service you’ll receive from the HSA provider. (Don’t forget that an employer making contributions to your HSA cannot deny contributions if you choose a financial institution other than the one recommended by your employer or the employer’s insurance provider.)
We offer unrestricted access to your account. That means you can utilize your HSA Mastercard® debit card, withdraw funds in person at any First Southern branch, or transfer funds and pay bills from your account online.
Stop by any First Southern branch to open your HSA. We’ll open your account, order your HSA VISA debit card and mail you your new account number and a signature card for you to sign and return to us with a statement of your beneficiaries. Each month, you’ll get an account statement. If your employer is making contributions on your behalf, be sure to give your First Southern HSA account number to the payroll department.
Additional information on Health Savings Accounts may also be found by visiting www.irs.gov or by speaking with your tax advisor.