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HSAs: Part of your financial plan

Learn more about how your HSA can be part of your broader financial planning to create a savings nest egg and potentially save big on taxes.

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Use your HSA as a tool for retirement savings

If you’re like most people, you may think about your health savings account (HSA) solely as a way to pay for current-year qualified medical expenses, such as trips to the doctor or prescriptions. But did you know that you can also use it as a savings tool?

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Unlike other accounts, an HSA is one of the only savings vehicles that allows you to put money in on a before-tax basis through payroll contribution, grow your savings tax-free (interest and investment earnings are not taxed), and take the money out income tax-free for qualified medical expenses. 

With a 401k, you’ll always pay taxes when you withdraw funds, but if you use HSA funds for qualified medical expenses — it’s generally 100% income tax-free. Plus, after turning 65, you can use your HSA funds for non-qualified expenses. You’ll pay ordinary income tax on those funds, but the 20% tax penalty no longer applies.

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Search our resource library for additional resources — from videos to financial wellness articles — that can help you learn more about how to save, pay and invest your health care dollars now and into retirement.

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Health savings accounts (HSAs) are offered or administered by Optum Bank®, Member FDIC, or ConnectYourCare, LLC, each a subsidiary of Optum Financial. HSAs are subject to eligibility requirements and restrictions on deposits and withdrawals to avoid IRS penalties. State taxes may apply. Fees may reduce earnings on account. Flexible spending accounts/arrangements (FSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), Commuter and Parking Benefits, Adoption Reimbursement Plans, Tuitions Reimbursement Plans, Surrogacy Reimbursement Plans, Lifestyle Plans, COBRA Benefits, and all other account types are administered on behalf of your plan sponsor by Optum Financial, Inc. or ConnectYourCare, LLC (collectively, “Optum Financial”) and are subject to eligibility and restrictions. Please contact a legal or tax professional for advice on eligibility, tax treatment, and restrictions. Please contact your plan administrator with questions about enrollment or plan restrictions. Federal and state laws and regulations and the design of your plan are subject to change.

Self-directed mutual fund investment options are made available through the services of an independent investment advisor, or your plan sponsor. Discretionary advisory services are provided by Betterment LLC, an SEC-registered investment adviser, with associated brokerage transactions provided by Betterment Securities, member FINRA/SIPC. For details and disclosures visit betterment.com. Certain brokerage services are offered through TD Ameritrade, Inc., member FDIC/SIPC and a subsidiary of The Charles Schwab Corporation.  For details and disclosures, visit  www.tdameritrade.com. The Schwab Health Savings Brokerage Account is offered through Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. For details and disclosures, visit schwab.com.

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