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Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution & distribution rules and strategies, taxation, investing, expense shoeboxing, retirement planning, succession.

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Asset Location: Taxable vs. Tax-favored Accounts (401k, IRA, HSA)

Asset Location (AKA Asset Placement) is a strategy for organizing your assets in an optimal way that helps you meet your financial goals. In the previous episode, we focused on asset location strategies for reducing taxes and simplifying your tax return. In this episode, we focus on asset location considerations for allocating capital between your taxable and tax-favored accounts (TFA) such as 401(k), IRA, and HSA. Topic discussed: (1) Seeing TFAs in a different light and deciding what your long-term strategy is for each account, (2) Using your projected tax liability to help guide your allocation, (3) deciding what assets you want to invest in, which will help determine your allocation, (4) Asset protection. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: We are not attorneys, CFAs, CFPs, CPAs, tax attorneys, or enrolled agents, and nothing in our podcast is tax, financial, legal, or other advice. We highly encourage you to consult your attorney, tax, and financial advisors before making any changes to your legal, tax, or financial situation. (C) 2023 Bigger Insights, LLC. All rights reserved.

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11 HSA Pitfalls to Avoid – Part 2

Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are very powerful in that they can save you a lot on your taxes, but there are many pitfalls/risks that HSA participants should be mindful of. This is Part 2 of 2 episodes detailing 11 HSA Pitfalls to Avoid. If you haven’t yet listened to Part 1, go listen to that first. In this episode, we discuss the 5 remaining of the 11 pitfalls, including: 1. Employer mistakes, 2. Not reconciling expenses, 3. Not keeping good records 4. Doing a full Transfer of Assets (TOA) when you don’t intend to close the outgoing account, and 5. Not investing your HSA funds. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: We are not CPAs, tax attorneys, or other tax professionals and nothing in this episode should be construed as tax, financial, health, or other advice. Investing your HSA funds involves risk, which may not appropriate to some HSA participants. Do not invest your HSA funds without first consulting your financial advisor. Bigger Insights also does not condone buying beer with your HSA funds!

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11 HSA Pitfalls to Avoid – Part 1

Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are very powerful in that they can save you a lot on your taxes, but there are many pitfalls/risks that HSA participants should be mindful of. This is Part 1 of 2 episodes detailing 11 HSA pitfalls to avoid. In this episode, we discuss 6 of the 11 pitfalls, including: 1. Not shoeboxing expenses, 2. Missing qualified expenses, 3. Disqualified expenses, 4. Personal vs. payroll contributions, 5. Over-contributing, and 6. Under-contributing. We mentioned that the law may have changed regarding over-the-counter (OTC) medications. It does appear that, per the CARES Act, certain OTC medications may qualify as qualified medical expenses without a prescription, but you should confirm this with your tax advisor. Stay tuned for Part 2. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: We are not CPAs, tax attorneys, or other tax professionals and nothing in this episode should be construed as tax, financial, health, or other advice. Shoeboxing HSA expenses, changing contribution elections, and investing your HSA funds involves risk, which may not appropriate to some HSA participants. Do not make changes to your HSA without first consulting your financial advisor.

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HSA – Demystifying Tax Form 5498-SA

Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are powerful, but can be complicated and confusing. One of those areas of confusion comes from Form 5498-SA. In this episode, we explain why you receive 5498-SA in May as well as some HSA pitfalls to avoid. We also discuss how contributions are reported in 5498-SA Box 2 and Box 3, in addition to W-2 if you contribute through payroll. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: We are not CPAs, tax attorneys, or other tax professionals and nothing in this episode should be construed as tax, financial, or other advice.

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Why Employees Should Care About the Tax Code

Are you living paycheck-to-paycheck or struggling to meet your financial goals? Taxes are one of, if not your biggest expense. It is a myth that employees who don’t have millions in assets shouldn’t concern themselves with the tax code because they have little or no opportunities to manage their taxes. It is true that some of the best tax opportunities are reserved for the wealthy (e.g. accredited investors), but employees have opportunities as well. In this episode, our goal is to convince you that you should care about the tax code. We discuss strategies employees can take advantage of to reduce their taxes. We also warn of some pitfalls you can run into if you’re not planning your taxes effectively. Some topics in this episode include: proper withholding, tax-favored accounts (401k, HSA, IRA), health insurance (HSA, premium tax credit, Medicaid), opportunities and pitfalls due to income fluctuations, and retirement planning. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: We are not CPAs, tax attorneys, or other tax professionals and nothing in this episode should be construed as tax, financial, or other advice.

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