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eoinmceneaney
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How do you determine the value for line 2 of form 8889? Do you take the value in box 2 of 5498-SA and subtract the value of box 12 in the W-2?

 
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BMcCalpin
Level 13

How do you determine the value for line 2 of form 8889? Do you take the value in box 2 of 5498-SA and subtract the value of box 12 in the W-2?

The value of line 2 is normally the amount of "personal" contributions that you made to the HSA. That is, these are contributions that you made directly to the HSA, NOT through your employer.

You don't enter anything from the 5498-SA; that is an informational form that is sent to you by the HSA administrator that we don't ask for - because the deadline to receive it can be as late as late May (although some HSA custodians send it out earlier).

But, yes, box 2 on the 5498-SA is the total contributions, which should be the sum of your personal contributions and contributions made through and by your employer. But, no, that is not how we determine the value of line 2 on the 8889 - this line comes from the second line on the screen headed "Let's enter your HSA contributions" (see screenshot below). The first line on this screen comes from the W-2 in box 12 with a code of W and the second line on the screen comes from you (i.e., you enter your direct contributions here).

This second number flows directly to line 2 of the 8889.

nolanbb
New Member

How do you determine the value for line 2 of form 8889? Do you take the value in box 2 of 5498-SA and subtract the value of box 12 in the W-2?

This is as clear as mud.

My understanding is if you normally contribute money to your HSA through your employer, for example, a regular amount taken from your paycheck, this is not what they're looking for on line 2.  Line 2 is for the money you are contributing directly to the HSA, not through your employer, not withdrawn from your paycheck.

I hope I'm right.  I didn't contribute anything other than my biweekly contributions from my paycheck through my employer, so I'm entering $0.

dmertz
Level 15

How do you determine the value for line 2 of form 8889? Do you take the value in box 2 of 5498-SA and subtract the value of box 12 in the W-2?

nolanbb, your understanding is correct, but the question was how to determine how much was personally contributed by looking only at a Form 5498 and a Form W-2 when there have been both contributions through payroll deduction and personally made contributions.  Rather than trying to use Form 5498 to determine determine how much was personally contributed, most people just review their HSA account statements.

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