New IRS Guidance for HSA Limits


Recently, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance again adjusting the maximum health savings account (HSA) contribution for individuals with family coverage under a high deductible health plan (HDHP). The new guidance, Revenue Procedure 2018-27, provides that for the 2018 calendar year an individual with HDHP family coverage may use $6,900 as the maximum contribution limit rather than the lower limit of $6,850 established following the passage of the 2018 Budget Reconciliation Act and published by the IRS on March 2, 2018. The new guidance further provides that, if permitted by the HSA trustee or custodian, an individual who receives a distribution from an HSA of an excess contribution (with earnings) based on the previously published $6,850 limit may repay the distribution to the HSA and the amounts will not be includable in the individual’s taxable income or subject to the 20 percent additional tax under Section 223(f)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.