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Employee HSA contribution does not show up in W-2 Box 12W

I'm in the process of filing my 2023 taxes and encountered a discrepancy regarding the HSA contributions on my W-2. I'm seeking some clarification on this matter.

 

Here is the context. In 2023, I enrolled in an HSA and made a pre-tax contribution of $3,350 through payroll deductions. Additionally, my employer contributed $500 pre-tax to my HSA account. So, collectively, the total contributions amounted to $3,850. On my W-2, in Box 12, there is an entry labeled "W" with a value of $500. My understanding is that this figure represents the $500 contribution made by the employer and does not encompass my own contribution. Furthermore, the $3,350 contribution I made is deducted from my gross pay, so it is not reflected in Box 1 of the W-2.

 

However, I also received a 5498-SA tax form for my HSA account, which indicates a total contribution of $3,850 for 2023. This figure seems to encompass both my contribution and the employer's contribution. I'm concerned about the disparity between the amount in W-2 Box 12W and the total contribution shown on the 5498-SA. Should I ever include the $3350 contribution on my tax return? If so where should I put it?

 

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Employee HSA contribution does not show up in W-2 Box 12W

 I enrolled in an HSA and made a pre-tax contribution of $3,350 through payroll deductions.

This should be included in 12W of your w-2.  salary reduction is proper because that's where you get the tax deduction when you make HSA contributions through an employer plan. 

Additionally, my employer contributed $500 pre-tax to my HSA account.

that should be added to your contributions and $3850 should be in box 12W 

box 9 on the 8889 should reflect 3850

 

 

you need to contact your employer to get a correct the W-2 and since yours is wrong most likely the W-2 for  every other employee that made an HSA contribution through the employer is wrong.

 

from w-2 instructions

W—Employer contributions (including amounts the employee elected to contribute using a section 125 (cafeteria) plan) to your health savings account. Report on Form 8889.

if your employer refuses you'll have to contact the iRS

see this iRS link

https://www.irs.gov/faqs/irs-procedures/w-2-additional-incorrect-lost-non-receipt-omitted 

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