Compliance

IRS Raises 2017 HSA Contribution Limits for Individuals But Not Families

For individuals, the cap is raised by $50 to $3,400.

By Lee Barney editors@plansponsor.com | August 25, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the 2017 limits for health savings account (HSA) contributions and the minimum deductible amounts and maximum out-of-pocket expenses for high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). By law, these limits are indexed annually to adjust for inflation.

Individuals will be able to contribute $3,400 to their HSA in 2017, a $50 increase, while families’ contributions will remain the same as in 2016: $6,750.

To qualify as a HDHP in 2017, a plan must have a minimum annual deductible of $1,300 for self-only coverage (the same as for 2016), or $2,600 for family coverage (also the same as for 2016). The maximum out-of-pocket expenses permitted for a HDHP is $6,550 for self-only coverage and $13,100 for family coverage.

Employers are advised to begin updating payroll and plan administration systems to reflect the 2017 cost-of-living adjustments. In addition, employers should incorporate the 2017 HSA limits into all relevant participant communications, like open enrollment and communication materials, plan documents and summary plan descriptions.

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