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How To Understand Your 5498-SA Form

How To Understand Your 5498-SA Form

Each year, HSA providers are required to send a copy of Form 5498-SA to all HSA account holders who made contributions in that tax year.

Form 5498-SA is typically sent out at the beginning of June (in 2021, Form 5498-SA was sent out later in June due to the extended HSA contribution deadline). It doesn’t need to be filed with your taxes; it’s provided for informational purposes.

Here’s how to read your Form 5498-SA for the 2020 tax year:

Trustee information: You’ll see the name, address, and number of your HSA trustee here. If you have an HSA through HealthSavings, you’ll see FPS Trust listed here.

“Void” box: If this box is checked, your HSA provider is informing the IRS that your HSA is void.

“Corrected” box: If this box is checked, the IRS had previously received incorrect information and your HSA provider is correcting the information.

Box 1: This box is only for contributions made to Archer MSAs. If you don’t have an Archer MSA, you’ll get a value of zero for this box.

Box 2: This box shows the total contributions made in 2020 to your HSA. Important: This includes any IRA-to-HSA transfers and any contributions made in 2020 for 2019.

Box 3: This box shows the total contributions to your HSA made in 2021 for 2020.

If the sum of Box 2 and Box 3 is higher than the 2020 contribution limit ($3,550 for self-only coverage, $7,100 for family coverage), that doesn’t automatically mean you contributed too much in 2020. Remember that Box 2 also includes any contributions made in 2020 for 2019. If you have a question about your contributions, your HSA provider can help.

Box 4: This box shows any HSA rollovers made in 2020. If you made a direct HSA-to-HSA transfer in 2020, you won’t see that here. See the differences between HSA rollovers and transfers here.

Box 5: This box shows the fair market value of your account as of December 31st, 2020.

Box 6: This box shows what type of savings account you have.


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