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What are the tax advantages of a health savings account (HSA)?

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Like an IRA or a 401K account, you can keep your HSA even if you switch jobs. Any money you don't use can be rolled over from year to year and invested. If you use any of the money for nonmedical expenses before age 65, you will have to pay a 20% penalty plus taxes on the money you use.

SOURCES:

Forbes.com: "Comparing Health Savings And Flexible Spending Accounts."

Kiplinger's Personal Finance, April 2013: "FAQs About Health Savings Accounts."

Creighton.edu: "FSAs, HSAs and Limited Purpose FSAs -- What's Right For You?"

American Medical Association: "Health Savings Accounts."

Healthcare.gov: "Flexible Spending Account."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on February 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Forbes.com: "Comparing Health Savings And Flexible Spending Accounts."

Kiplinger's Personal Finance, April 2013: "FAQs About Health Savings Accounts."

Creighton.edu: "FSAs, HSAs and Limited Purpose FSAs -- What's Right For You?"

American Medical Association: "Health Savings Accounts."

Healthcare.gov: "Flexible Spending Account."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on February 16, 2018

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