Take Advantage of the 3X Tax Savings of an HSASubmitted by LWM | Linden Wealth Management LLC on May 28th, 2020
Take Advantage of the 3X Tax Savings of an HSA
Health Savings Accounts (HSA) offer more than just a convenient way to pay for out of pocket medical expenses. They can be the most tax-advantaged way to save for retirement.
Traditional retirement accounts only have two of the three legs of tax savings:
As Vanguard shows, HSA's triple tax advantage makes them an extremely efficient way to save and invest:
Using a conservative 4% annual return assumption, Vanguard shows how $1 invested in a traditional or Roth IRA will be worth $1.64 in 20 years. That same dollar invested in an HSA would grow to $2.19, 34% greater. Use a 7% average return, and it's $3.87.
Contribution limits are also generous, especially for families:
*$1,000 additional annual contribution for those 55 and older
Theoretically, an HSA for a family contributing over 20 years at 7% would grow to more than $291,000, tax-free, provided you used the funds for qualified medical expenses, Medicare premiums, or long-term care insurance.
Having enough medical costs shouldn't be a problem. A USA Today article estimates the average couple will spend over $285,000 on medical expenses in retirement. Plus, you can withdraw funds in the future to reimburse yourself for prior costs incurred over the life of the account. Just keep a record.
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