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l043043
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Why is turbo tax saying I had interruption in HDHP

 
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BillM223
Employee Tax Expert

Why is turbo tax saying I had interruption in HDHP

If you did not have a HDHP (High Deductible Health Plan), be sure to read to the end.

 

Your issue is with the question that asks "What type of High Deductible Health Plan did [name] have on December 1, 2018?"

 

Unfortunately, the question does not clarify that it is only for a small group of taxpayers and that all other taxpayers should answer "NONE".

 

NOTE: each spouse can have an HSA. The use of "you" below refers to whichever spouse's name was in the question above.

 

This question is trying to determine if you utilized the "last-month" rule in 2018 (yes, 2018). The last-month rule lets you use the full annual HSA contribution limit if you had HDHP coverage on December 1, even if you were not covered by an HDHP for all of the year.

 

However, the catch is that if you used the last-month rule, the IRS requires that you stay under HDHP coverage for all of the following year (2019).

 

***NOTE*** This question occurs on the taxpayer who does not have an HSA, so never had a chance to tell TurboTax n the HSA interview what their HDHP coverage was for 2019.

 

So, the fix is this: go back to the question (at the end of the HSA interview), and:

 

  • If you had HDHP coverage for all of 2018 , then enter NONE 
  • If you had no HDHP coverage for all of 2018, then enter NONE. <=== this may be you
  • If you did not have an HSA in 2018, then enter NONE.
  • If you had an HSA in 2018 but did not contribute to it in 2018, then enter NONE.

 

Only taxpayers who had their own HSA in 2018 AND who contributed to their own HSA in 2018 should answer “Family” or “Self” or “None” (which can be the right answer in some cases).

 

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