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kirren1
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HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

Wondering if anyone would know this. I have an HSA and my health plan contributes a "premium pass-through" to my account every month. This amount has never been included on my W-2. The only contribution amount on my W-2 is what I contributed. Do I need to include the "premium pass-through" contributions on Form 8889 Line 9? After some Google searches, it seems like I am supposed to include this; however, if so, I don't understand why it's not included on my W-2.

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BMcCalpin
Level 13

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

I have not heard this terminology before, but I did find this reference: "many plans have what's called a "premium pass through," where a portion of your HDHC premiums are automatically contributed to the HSA." Indeed, I now see a number of plans from major companies seem to refer to this.

My question is, "If this premium pass-through is part of the insurance premiums that you pay, then is this amount part of the amount coded with "DD" in box 12 on your W-2?"

If it is, then you have also gotten your tax benefit, because the DD amount is removed from Wages in box 1 on your W-2. So reporting it with code W would be redundant.

If this pass though amount is not part of code DD, then, yes, it should have been with code W.

But if your employer chose not to do that (you should ask why, since the IRS instructions for the W-2 are pretty clear on this point), then do the following:

  • Go to Federal Taxes->Deductions & Credits->Medical and click on "HSA MSA Contributions".
  • Go to the screen entitled "Did your employer tell you about any other contributions?" (see screenshot below)
  • Click on "yes" to exposes the bottom three lines
  • Enter the amount of the pass-through on the last line (see red arrow)

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BMcCalpin
Level 13

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

I have not heard this terminology before, but I did find this reference: "many plans have what's called a "premium pass through," where a portion of your HDHC premiums are automatically contributed to the HSA." Indeed, I now see a number of plans from major companies seem to refer to this.

My question is, "If this premium pass-through is part of the insurance premiums that you pay, then is this amount part of the amount coded with "DD" in box 12 on your W-2?"

If it is, then you have also gotten your tax benefit, because the DD amount is removed from Wages in box 1 on your W-2. So reporting it with code W would be redundant.

If this pass though amount is not part of code DD, then, yes, it should have been with code W.

But if your employer chose not to do that (you should ask why, since the IRS instructions for the W-2 are pretty clear on this point), then do the following:

  • Go to Federal Taxes->Deductions & Credits->Medical and click on "HSA MSA Contributions".
  • Go to the screen entitled "Did your employer tell you about any other contributions?" (see screenshot below)
  • Click on "yes" to exposes the bottom three lines
  • Enter the amount of the pass-through on the last line (see red arrow)
kirren1
New Member

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

Thank you! I can't tell if the premium pass through was included in the amount coded with "DD". I think either way I'll need to include the premium pass through on Form 8889, Line 9 since that line is really about making sure I don't go over the contribution limit. After some more googling, I found something that said the premium pass through is included when determining whether or not I've gone over the contribution limit.

I'll have to ask my employer if the premium pass through was included in the amount coded "DD".

Thanks so much for your help!
Jpepper1057
New Member

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

I've never heard of a premium pass through before, can you tell me which carrier your using for your HDHP. I would like to look into this further. Thanks

 

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adaml
Level 2

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

Hello,

 

I am having to report additional employer pass through HSA contributions on my 2021 taxes and I couldnt locate the additional employer contributions option on the 2021 version of Turbotax. How can I report this for 2021? Thanks

JamesG1
Employee Tax Expert

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

Perhaps you mean the screen Did your employer tell you about any other contributions?

 

These are contributions that may not be reported in box 12 of your W-2.

 

To locate this screen after entering your 1099-SA:

  • At the screen Here's what we have so far click Done.
  • At the screen Now let's work on HSA click Continue.
  • At the screen Did you inherit this HSA? click No.
  • At the screen Let's enter your HSA contributions click Continue.
  • The next screen is Did your employer tell you about any other contributions?
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adaml
Level 2

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

That worked, thanks! The sentence referring to a previous year threw me off but once I answered yes I was able to add the additional contributions

 

akay
Returning Member

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

@adaml @My husband is a government employee and we also have hsa contributions from a "premium pass through". So are these considered employer contributions? Is it accurate to answer yes to "Did your employer tell you about any other contributions?" Just an odd question and kind of confusing. Trying to figure out if these contributions even need to be reported in turbotax. Does form 8889 need to match form 5498? Or is it ok if they look different??

vhomer1977
Level 2

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

I have the same issue... govt employee here

 

made a contribution of $5400 (is this considered employer contribution since it is pretaxed and so does it go on line 9 of form 8889.  Then does the $1800 go on line 10 as qualified hsa distributions.   

 

thanks

 

 

BillM223
Employee Tax Expert

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

@akay

 

"Just an odd question and kind of confusing."

 

It was added as a necessary question when employers started doing things not foreseen by the original HSA code.

 

"Trying to figure out if these contributions even need to be reported in turbotax."

 

Yes, they do, because the aggregate of contributions to your HSA must be less than or equal to your annual HSA contribution limit, which requires TurboTax to have you enter ALL contributions.

 

"Does form 8889 need to match form 5498? Or is it ok if they look different??"

 

No, the 8889 does not need to match the 5498-SA from any given year. This is because the 8889 is pretty much focused on the current tax year which the 5498-SA has items from multiple tax years. Don't worry about the 5498-SA - just stick it in your tax file.

 

@vhomer1977

 

"made a contribution of $5400 (is this considered employer contribution since it is pretaxed and so does it go on line 9 of form 8889. 

 

Does the $5,400 refer to an HSA premium or something else? If it came from your employer, then it is an employer contribution.

 

"Then does the $1800 go on line 10 as qualified hsa distributions.   "

 

Where did this $1,800 come from? Was this a direct contribution to the HSA custodian? We need some context here.

 

But I can say that it does not belong on line 10 because that is for Qualified HSA funding distributions, which are a direct transfer from your IRA administrator to your HSA custodian - and I am betting that this is not what you did. Is this $1,800 is supposed to be a direct contribution to your HSA? If so, then it belongs on line 2.

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vhomer1977
Level 2

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

Hi,

 

$5400 was a one-time HSA contribution I elected to make through my payroll - so the money went directly from my paycheck to HSA account

 

$1800 is pass thru contributions to HSA from my  insurance plan (in this case GEHA HDHP, $150/mo x 12)

 

Thereby, I maxed the $7200 for the year for family coverage

 

thanks

 

 

BillM223
Employee Tax Expert

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

OK, these are both, then, counted as "employer contributions", so will end up on line 9. I don't know what the value is of your code W amount in box 12 on your W-2 (if any), but whatever is not there needs to go in a separate place.

 

As you go through the HSA interview, there will be a question that is something like, "Did you employer tell you about any other contributions?" Even though the fine print makes a reference to a different year, you will want to answer YES.

 

This will expose 3 new lines, and the third one is "Employer and payroll contributions not reported in Box 12 of your W-2."

 

Enter whatever amount of the 7,200 that is not on the W-2 here.

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vhomer1977
Level 2

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

only $5400 in the W column on my W2

 

DawnC
Employee Tax Expert

HSA premium pass-through and form 8889

Enter the $1800 contribution GEHA made to your HSA on that line Bill referenced - Contributions not already reported on your W-2.   Those contributions count toward your contribution limit.   As long as you have ''family'' HDHP coverage all year, you are within the contribution limits for the year.    @vhomer1977

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