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Experts are trying to figure out where the estimated $200 million in unused funds from flexible spending healthcare accounts will go if many firms switch to HSAs.
The new tax law changes the definition of dependent for most tax purposes by attempting to establish a uniform definition, including the definition applicable to HSA's.  Most people will not find themselves affected by the changes.  The new rules apply in 2005.
Among the ways experts such as JoAnn Laing suggest individuals and families are gaining financial advantages are reflected in the charts below. Most Americans, 73% on average, do not spend $500 on medical expenses during the year. In addition, the monies from interest earned on HSA balances grow significantly over the years.

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