Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alphabet Soup Update

■ First up, courtesy of our friend Joe Kristan, next year's Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits:

For singles, the max you can drop in will be $3,100 (up $50 from this year); for families, it's $6,250 (up $100). Remember, you need to be covered by a qualifying High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) to make contributions. The 2012 minimum deductible for these plans remain at the 2011 level ($1,200 for singles, and $2,400 for families).

Some HDHP's include additional out-of-pocket requirements above the deductible (I hate these). These will increase $100 for singles and $200 for family coverage next year.

FlexBank's Lou Gellenbeck sent along this helpful info on how ObamaCare©'s new W-2 reporting requirements affect Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). The key take-away is that they're "exempt from the new W-2 reporting requirements for group health plans."

But what's that really mean?

Lou explains:

"Starting in tax year 2012 ...employers that file 250 or more Forms W-2 for the preceding calendar year [must] report the aggregate reportable cost of applicable employer-sponsored health insurance coverage provided on each employee's annual Form W-2...

Aggregate reportable cost does not include amounts contributed to a Health Savings Account (HSA), the amount of any employee salary reduction election to a health Flexible Spending Account (FSA), or the cost of coverage under a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA). This reporting will be for informational purposes only and will not affect tax liability.

Specifically noted in the legislation is the requirement that employer contributions to a health FSA (i.e. matching contributions or where the employer seeds the health FSA with funds) must also be reported in certain situations. FlexBank's FSA clients will receive additional information on this part of the ruling in the near future under separate cover."

See why one's choice of administrator for these kinds of plans are local and accountable? Did your admin alert you to these changes?

She also reminds us that "comprehensive guidance on the W-2 reporting requirement may be found here."

Thanks, Lou!
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