Understanding the ‘personality’ of HSA accountsNew TIAA Health Savings Account Resource Center offers consumers FAQs, savings calculators and a personality quiz to better understand how to use an HSA account for medical expenses today and during retirement. What’s your personality? Check it out here.
NEW YORK, APRIL 6, 2021– TIAA, the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields, today launched its Health Savings Account (HSA) Resource Center, developed to engage and educate people on how to make their health savings work for them at different life stages.
The new site offers helpful information on HSA ownership, HSA use as a component of a retirement savings strategy and helpful tips to optimize account contributions.
The site is open to all, but those who already own an HSA can also take advantage of a fast and easy quiz to find out their HSA personality type: spender, saver or investor. The quiz is designed to help users better understand how their contribution strategy aligns with their personality type and offers actionable steps that can help maximize the impact of savings. By following suggested advice, users can graduate from one personality type to the next, with “HSA investor” being the optimal personality to help with saving for medical expenses in retirement.
“HSAs are becoming increasingly popular as more Americans realize they can use them to pay both out-of-pocket medical expenses today and in their long-term retirement savings strategy,” said Rich Ward, Head of TIAA Health Solutions. “Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and an upward trend of health care costs, this new resource can help Americans save money and get the most out of an HSA in a way that works best for them at each life stage.”
Excerpts from the TIAA’s HSAResource Center:
Use Your HAS Too Power-Up Retirement Savings
- Consider investing your HSA
Upon reaching a certain minimum balance (determined by your employer) you can invest your health savings account in available mutual funds, just as you can with a retirement account.
- No taxes on withdrawals for QMEs
You will pay no income tax on health savings account withdrawals if the money is used to pay for qualified medical expenses, even in retirement.
- Max out your annual retirement savings
Contributing to both your retirement plan and health savings account can increase your annual maximum savings towards your retirement.
Benefits Now, Benefits Tomorrow
- Pretax contributions
HSA contributions are made on a pretax basis and are not subject to federal tax. Contributions could be exempt from most state income tax as well.
- Tax-free earnings
Any earnings on your HSA savings are tax free.
- Tax-free withdrawals
You pay no income tax on withdrawals used for qualified medical expenses (QMEs).
Within the site, people can explore robust resources, including:
- An explanation of HSAs, qualifications for ownership, contribution limits, and screen tips that can help users more easily understand concepts
- A user-friendly tax savings calculator, demonstrating the potential tax savings for the first year and through to retirement
- A comparison chart to show the differences between Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and retirement health care savings plans
- A calculator to demonstrate the impact of withdrawing from an HSA vs. a retirement plan for qualified medical expenses
- An overview of the benefits of investing HSA balances for potential growth
Visit https://vision.tiaa.org/public/vista/hsa for more information.
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