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HSA Enrollment Tips and Traps

May 31st, 2019

“If you’re enrolled in any Part of Medicare, you can’t open an HSA if you don’t already have one, and you can no longer make or receive contributions to an HSA – even if you remain covered on your employer’s HSA-qualified plan and your employer contributes to every eligible employee’s HSA.” William G. (Bill) Stuart.. Read more

A Dangerous Intersection

May 16th, 2019

” [Y]ou may have to pay a permanent premium surcharge if you don’t’ enroll when you’re first eligible. But you may not. And it may make sense to incur future penalties in exchange for immediate financial benefits” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance May 23, 2019 Readers of this column know that.. Read more

The Role of an HSA
in Retirement

May 2nd, 2019

“You are the CEO of your retirement. CEOs make the critical decisions on how today’s resources are spent so that a business continues to operate well into the future. You must view your HSA in the same manner.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance May 2, 2019 The premise of my new.. Read more

Using an HSA to Reduce Future IRA Taxes

April 18th, 2019

“The good news is that the federal government is running a well advertised sale on federal income taxes. . . . Thus, a rollover now will cost you less than it would before 2018, since marginal tax rates are lower.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance April 18, 2019 Most Americans don’t.. Read more

Topics on the Hill

April 4th, 2019

“Unions (an important part of the Democrat base) and businesses (which lean Republican) both have opposed the tax because it reduces their value proposition to employees and limits their flexibility in offering benefits.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance April 4, 2019 I’m in meetings on Capitol Hill today, hearing from Republicans.. Read more

How to Make HSAs Better Retirement Accounts

March 22nd, 2019

  “Congress . . . can’t continue a policy that discriminates against employees who earn lower wages.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance March 21, 2019 When I tell people about my soon-to-be-released book, HSAs: The Tax-Perfect Retirement Account, I’m sometimes asked what changes I’d like to see in HSA rules to.. Read more

The Four Types of HSA Owners

March 7th, 2019

  “[Y]ou don’t need a six-figure income to become a Conscious Accumulator. Workers who are diligently saving for retirement can fund their HSAs at or near the statutory maximum each year by shifting where they place their retirement contributions.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance March 7, 2019 Different people use Health.. Read more

Introducing Medical Equity

February 19th, 2019

“[I]f used properly, an HSA is a more efficient means of building medical equity. . . Taxes reduce the amount of your contribution or the spending power of your distribution. Alone among these accounts, HSA contributions, balances, and distributions experience no tax friction as long as withdrawals reimburse qualified expenses.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director.. Read more

Do HSAs Help Low-Income Americans?

February 7th, 2019

  “HSAs help owners across the income spectrum pay their bills.  . . . For even the poorest Americans, receiving a discount of 25% or so on a medical bill is better than receiving no discount. It’s no panacea, but it eases the financial strain.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance February.. Read more

The Latest Challenge to the ACA

January 24th, 2019

“Judge O’Connor . . . ruled the ACA unconstitutional because a tax that raises revenue is no tax, the text of the ACA doesn’t include a severability clause, and even proponents of the law have long argued that the mandate, guaranteed issue, and community rating together are integral to the successful operation of insurance markets.”.. Read more

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