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Big Planning Opportunity with Health Savings Accounts

In short: fund it and invest it, don't use it.   Potentially, the best way to use your Health Savings Account (HSA) is to maximize the funding of it, but, instead of using the funds year-by-year to cover your out-of-pocket health care expenses, invest the funds and allow them to grow for the future.  The reason this strategy makes sense is the unique tax benefits of HSA's:  tax deductible contributions, tax-free growth & tax-free distributions.  Do you know what other types of accounts have all of these long-term features? NONE! IRAs & 401ks are tax deductible in the year you make the contribution, but you are taxed when you take the money out. Roth IRAs grow tax-free and are tax-free upon distribution, however, you do not get a tax-deduction when you make the contribution. The HSA combines the tax benefits of these two types of accounts. In fact, a good retirement...
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DEADLINE: Switching from a SIMPLE IRA plan to a 401k

So here are the numbers for 2015: If a company currently has a SIMPLE IRA plan, the employee can defer up to $12,500/yr., plus an additional $3,000 if they are over age 50. The employer can choose to make a 2% non-elective contribution (more about this at the IRS website ) or match employee contributions, up to 3% of compensationSIMPLE IRA Summary: The absolute maximum combined employer and employee contribution is $31,000   In a variation of a 401k plan, you can defer up to $18,000,  plus an additional $6,000 if you are over age 50. Employers can contribute additional funds, such as matching contributions and profit sharing.401k Summary: The absolute maximum combined employer and employee contribution is $59,000   This can all be fully tax deductible if you wish.   For those that have a SIMPLE IRA plan in place now, and want to switch to a 401k, here are items to consider: ...
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