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2019 Health Plan Design Considerations

by Winstead PC on

2019 HDHP and HSA Limits - Since many employers are working on their health plan designs for calendar year 2019 during the month of May, the Internal Revenue Service just issued the HDHP and HSA limits shown below for...more

IRS readjusts HSA contribution limit

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

In March of this year, the IRS adjusted the 2018 HSA contribution limit for individuals enrolled in family coverage down $50 from $6,900 to $6,850. A little over a month later, the IRS reconsidered the retroactive limit...more

Relief Provided for 2018 Family HSA Contribution Limit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On April 26, 2018 the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2018-27 providing transition relief for the 2018 limit on Health Savings Account (“HSA”) contributions for family coverage. The guidance allows individuals to continue to...more

IRS Returns 2018 Annual Family Limit for HSAs Back to $6,900

In May 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-37, which set the 2018 limit at $6,900 for annual contributions made to a health savings account (“HSA”) by those with eligible family health...more

IRS Surprises by Reversing Surprise Mid-Year HSA Limit Reduction

by Barley Snyder on

The Internal Revenue Service on April 26 issued its official response to overwhelmingly negative commentary received concerning an announcement the IRS made less than two months prior. ...more

IRS Resolves 2018 HSA Contribution Limit Confusion

by Littler on

Acknowledging “numerous unanticipated administrative and financial burdens,” the IRS officially revoked its earlier attempt to lower the 2018 health savings account (HSA) contribution limits. ...more

The IRS Says Never Mind – You Can Have Your Higher HSA Limit!

by Ruder Ware on

I previously blogged about how unusual it was for the IRS to implement a retroactive change to a previously announced limit. As you may remember, the $6,900 limit on HSA contributions for a taxpayer eligible for a family high...more

IRS Announces HSA Relief

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The IRS has announced that it will restore the family deduction limit for Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions to $6,900 for 2018. The IRS had previously set this limit last spring, but earlier this year announced that...more

IRS Announces Reduction in Family HSA Contribution Limit for 2018

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Revenue Procedure 2018-18, the Internal Revenue Service announced a reduction in the HSA contribution limit for family coverage in 2018 to $6,850 from $6,900. The self-only HSA contribution limit for 2018 remains unchanged...more

Issues Plan Sponsors and Fiduciaries Should Watch

by Winstead PC on

Once upon a time, our retirement plan worries were primarily generated by the U.S. Department of Labor (“DoL”) or the Internal Revenue Service and their regulatory and enforcement efforts. In more recent times we have seen...more

IRS Lowers 2018 Family Contribution Limit for Health Savings Accounts

The IRS previously announced that the 2018 contribution limit for health savings accounts (HSAs) corresponding to family coverage under a high-deductible health plan would be $6,900. However, now three months into 2018, the...more

IRS Guidance Requires Immediate Changes to Employer Group Health Plans with Health Savings Accounts

by Benesch on

On March 5, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance that lowers the 2018 Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limit for family coverage. Last year the IRS set the 2018 HSA contribution limit at $3,450...more

Effective Immediately: Change in HSA Contribution Limits for Family Coverage

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Employers who sponsor a High Deductible Health Plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA) should take immediate action and notify employees that the annual maximum family contribution limit to an HSA has changed....more

Surprise HSA Limit Reduction May Require Employer Action

by Barley Snyder on

Employers should consider steps to address employee health savings account contributions after a surprising IRS decision last week....more

Key Federal Inflation-Adjusted Amounts for 2018

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

In Rev.Proc. 2018-18, the IRS has released various tax rates, brackets, and threshold amounts for 2018, incorporating inflation adjustments and the new tax act....more

State Male Contraceptive Laws May Create HSA Problems for Employers

States such as Illinois, Maryland, and Oregon that have enacted laws requiring health insurers to cover certain male contraception on a first-dollar basis may be creating traps for unwary employers that sponsor...more

IRS Reduces 2018 HSA Contribution Limit

On March 5, 2018, the IRS announced a reduction in the amount that an individual with family coverage under a high deductible health plan (“HDHP”) can contribute to a health savings account (“HSA”) for 2018. The lowering of...more

IRS Reduces 2018 Health Savings Account Limit for Family Coverage

On March 5, 2018, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2018-18, which, among other things, adjusts downward the 2018 total contribution limit to health savings accounts (HSAs) for individuals enrolled in family coverage. In...more

Social Security Administration Corrects and Updates Wage Base for 2018

On November 27, 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it is adjusting the maximum earnings subject to the Social Security tax for 2018 to $128,400. As we have previously posted, the SSA had announced...more

Tax Reform Contemplates Changes to Employee Benefits

The House Committee on Ways and Means publicly released a working draft of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for the first time on Thursday. In the weeks leading up to the release of the draft, speculation has swirled as to whether...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 2) Annual Cost of Living Adjustments

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are happy to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are publishing our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 covered year-end...more

IRS Announces 2018 Cost of Living Adjustments

by Snell & Wilmer on

The IRS recently announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2018 in Notice 2017-64 and related guidance. The key dollar limits for qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans are noted below....more

CLIENT ALERT: IRS Announces Increases For Health FSAs And HSAs For 2018

by Fraser Trebilcock on

The IRS has just released its 2018 annual inflation adjustments, in which it announced that the dollar limitation under Code section 125 on voluntary employee salary reductions for contribution to health flexible spending...more

Can Employees Pay for Cord Blood Storage with an HRA, FSA or HSA?

The blood remaining in the umbilical cord after childbirth contains stems cells which may be used in a variety of medical treatments. Many parents of newborns are seeking to save this “cord blood”, either with the hopes of...more

Updated Health Care Reform Legislation Comparison Chart

The chart below compares key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). This chart is current as of July 13, 2017, and as of that date,...more

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