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Why doesn't TurboTax allow me to edit excess earnings on contributions for HSA? It shows it as a zero but can't enter it when stating I will withdraw excess contribution

 
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Why doesn't TurboTax allow me to edit excess earnings on contributions for HSA? It shows it as a zero but can't enter it when stating I will withdraw excess contribution

You enter earnings for excess contributions when you enter the 1099-SA.

Are you referring to the "Your HSA Summary" screen? If so, you cannot edit any fields on that screen. 

Normally, taxpayers don't find out that they have an excess HSA contribution until after they start their tax return, after January 1st of the next year. If you ask for the withdrawal of your excess contributions after January 1st of the new year, yes, you will have to declare the earnings withdrawn as taxable, but these will be reported to you on a separate 1099-SA in early 2019, because some of excess belongs to tax year 2018. So you don't worry about the earnings in tax year 2017, but for tax year 2018.

Otherwise, your 1099-SA for tax year 2017 will have the amount of taxable earnings in box 2. You enter this when you enter the 1099-SA. But note that the first case is much more likely.

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Why doesn't TurboTax allow me to edit excess earnings on contributions for HSA? It shows it as a zero but can't enter it when stating I will withdraw excess contribution

You enter earnings for excess contributions when you enter the 1099-SA.

Are you referring to the "Your HSA Summary" screen? If so, you cannot edit any fields on that screen. 

Normally, taxpayers don't find out that they have an excess HSA contribution until after they start their tax return, after January 1st of the next year. If you ask for the withdrawal of your excess contributions after January 1st of the new year, yes, you will have to declare the earnings withdrawn as taxable, but these will be reported to you on a separate 1099-SA in early 2019, because some of excess belongs to tax year 2018. So you don't worry about the earnings in tax year 2017, but for tax year 2018.

Otherwise, your 1099-SA for tax year 2017 will have the amount of taxable earnings in box 2. You enter this when you enter the 1099-SA. But note that the first case is much more likely.

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