Contribution Limits

The IRS sets guidelines for how much you can contribute to an HSA each year. Following are the limits for 2014 and 2015:

  Individual Family
2014 $3,300 $6,550
2015 $3,350 $6,650

You have until the tax-filing deadline (generally April 15) of the following year to make allowable contributions.

Individual vs. Family Contribution Limits
Your contribution limits are generally determined by the type of qualifying high-deductible health plan you have — individual or family coverage. If you and your spouse are covered by different health plans, consult a tax advisor regarding your personal situation. You can find out more by visiting www.IRS.gov.

Excess Contributions
If you contribute more than the allowable amount to your HSA by accident or because you ended coverage in an eligible health plan, you will have to count the extra amount as taxable income and pay a 6% penalty.

To avoid paying taxes and incurring a penalty, you can fill out an Excess Contribution and Deposit Correction Request Form to have excess funds returned to you. This and other account forms are available after you log in.

Catch-up Contributions
If you are 55 or older, you can make “catch-up” contributions, meaning you can deposit an additional $1,000 per year. If your spouse is also 55 or older, he or she may establish a separate HSA and make a “catch-up” contribution to that account.

Mid-Year Qualification
When you enroll in a high-deductible health plan and open an HSA before the first day of December, you can contribute the total allowable amount for that year. To take advantage of the tax savings, however, you must:

  • Stay enrolled in a qualifying high-deductible health plan for the following 12 months.
  • Not have other health care coverage that would make you ineligible to contribute to an HSA.

Pro-rated Contributions
If you end your coverage under a high-deductible health plan, you should calculate the pro-rated allowable contribution based on the number of months you had qualifying coverage. If you're 55 or older, be sure to include any catch-up contributions you made to determine the pro-rated amount.

If your contributions exceed the allowable amount, you can fill out an Excess Contribution and Deposit Correction Request Form to have excess funds returned to you. This way, you won't incur a penalty or have to pay taxes on the extra contributions. This and other account forms are available after you log in.


Health savings accounts (HSAs) are individual accounts offered by Optum BankSM, Member FDIC, and are subject to eligibility and restrictions, including but not limited to restrictions on distributions for qualified medical expenses set forth in section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. State taxes may apply. This communication is not intended as legal or tax advice. Please contact a competent legal or tax professional for personal advice on eligibility, tax treatment, and restrictions. Federal and state laws and regulations are subject to change.