Author Topic: HSA transfer?  (Read 1362 times)

bigstack

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HSA transfer?
« on: March 11, 2016, 08:44:42 AM »
So october of 2015 my company basically forced everyone into a HDHP with an HSA.
That HSA had some options for investment and a bank acct/FDIC savings acct with a low but avg % interest rate(i don't remember what it was but it was not great or bad). But no fees. I chose as a single guy to just put in 1k wit hthe company matching 750. ( i will likely do more in future years to reduce tax burden , I just was not sure how this was going to work out.)

Then just last week I got a mailer stating that now they will be charging almost $6 a month in fees.
Some might scoff and say it is only $6, but to me it is the principle . I feel like it was a bait and switch.
and apparently my company does also. As they sent out a company wide email. But in that email they gave no recourse or plan of action of how to get out of it.

At any rate... I was looking around and apparently I can transfer the entire HSA to another provider... HOWEVER... how do i handle the money my company is putting into the account every paycheck?

I am assuming that I will have to call HR or payroll or someone to figure it out. But i thought I would ask here if anyone knows some lingo/keywords/strategy on what to say to them to be successful?

anyone ever dealt with this?

vivophoenix

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Re: HSA transfer?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2016, 10:12:05 AM »
Payroll has nothing to do with this.

 it is the same as a 401k: you dont tell payroll to put your contributions with another company, you transfer it yourself.

you can transfer it manually yourself  every month.

or dont let your company take your HSA contribution out of your check.

You can make the contribution yourself post tax and then get the taxes refunded back at tax return time.

but if your company just hands you HSA money for selecting a HDHP they usually give it to you as a lump sum in the beginning of the  year and you can transfer that the day it hits in january.


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Re: HSA transfer?
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2016, 01:21:42 PM »
Payroll has nothing to do with this.

 it is the same as a 401k: you dont tell payroll to put your contributions with another company, you transfer it yourself.

you can transfer it manually yourself  every month.

or dont let your company take your HSA contribution out of your check.

You can make the contribution yourself post tax and then get the taxes refunded back at tax return time.

but if your company just hands you HSA money for selecting a HDHP they usually give it to you as a lump sum in the beginning of the  year and you can transfer that the day it hits in january.

Not quite.  You CAN move your HSA account elsewhere, but the OP is correct that he can't contribute thru payroll (and save FICA) if he goes elsewhere.  It also affects other things, like FAFSA if you have college students (payroll contributed to HSA is invisible to FAFSA, but added back if tax is refunded thru the 1040), and EITC (compares line 7 wages vs AGI).

OP, you need to agitate your employer to switch HSA providers, or apply leverage to reduce fees.  DH's employer got a promise of no sign-up fees from their provider Key, since they have other accounts thru that bank.  After a few months I was not pleased to see $3 monthly fees coming out of the account - they added a paper statement fee, and buried the notice on the back of statements.  When I complained to Key, they pointed out that I could just receive e-statements for free.  This is one of the biggest reasons I am not happy about the FNFG-Key merger, I like FNFG, but Key is sneaky.