On May 4, 2017, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2017-37, which provided that the annual limitation on deductions under section 223(b)(2)(B) for an individual with family coverage under an HDHP was $6,900. Subsequently, statutory amendments by “An Act to Provide for Reconciliation Pursuant to Titles II and V of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2018,” enacted December 22, 2017, modified the inflation adjustments for certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, including the inflation adjustments under section 223.
On March 2, 2018, the Treasury Department and the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2018-18, to reflect the statutory amendments to the inflation adjustments under the Act, reducing the annual limitation on deductions under section 223(b)(2)(B) for an individual with family coverage under an HDHP to $6,850 for 2018.The IRS says it is reversing the change to the limitation because stakeholders informed it that implementing the $50 reduction to the limitation would impose numerous unanticipated administrative and financial burdens. Specifically, stakeholders noted that some individuals with family coverage under an HDHP made the maximum HSA contribution for the 2018 calendar year before the issuance of Rev. Proc. 2018-18, and that many other individuals made annual salary reduction elections for HSA contributions through their employers’ cafeteria plans based on the $6,900 limit. Stakeholders informed the IRS that the costs of modifying the various systems to reflect the reduced maximum, as well as the costs associated with distributing a $50 excess contribution (and earnings), would be significantly greater than any tax benefit associated with an unreduced HSA contribution (and in some instances may exceed $50).