WHY DO I NEED A 8889-S IF I'M COVERED ON MY HUDBAND INSURANCE

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The 8889 is generated when a taxpayer has an HSA. Because HSAs belong only to the individual, it is possible for there to be what TurboTax calls the 8889-T for the taxpayer and 8889-S for the spouse (both are form 8889 as far as the IRS is concerned).

Even if the spouse does not have an HSA (I can't tell from your question), the workflow process in TurboTax creates an 8889-S when you answer a number of questions, including the last one "What type of High Deductible Health Plan did [spouse name] have on December 1, 2016?" It does this in order to keep track of your entries as you navigate through your return. 

The answer to the question above appears in the Line 18 Worksheet on B-1 of the 8889-S.

This form (the 8889-S) will not necessarily print or be filed with the return if the form is not needed (that is, if the spouse had no HSA in 2016 or 2017). That is, the list of forms you see in desktop forms view is not necessarily the same forms that get filed.

If, however, you made some entry that implied that the spouse had an HSA, then 8889-S would be filed along with 8889-T. Since we at AnswerXchange cannot see your return. we can't know.

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