6 summertime uses for this tax-favored savings account


Before you head to the beach, use this tax-advantaged account to stock up on summer necessities.

Flexible spending accounts allow workers to sock away cash on a pretax basis into a savings account. You can take tax-free distributions from your FSA as long as the money goes toward qualified medical expenses.

Last year, about 3 out of 4 large employers offered their workers a medical FSA to help offset health care costs, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

This year, you can save up to $2,700 in your FSA.

There’s a catch: Generally, if you contributed money in 2019, you have until the end of the calendar year to use it.

The IRS allows companies the option of permitting workers to roll over up to $500 into the following year or giving them until March 15 of the new year to spend down the account.

The so-called HSA works alongside high-deductible health insurance plans, and you can tap that account tax-free for qualified medical expenses.

Money you accumulate in an HSA can be rolled over from one year to the next.

This year, don’t wait until the last minute to use up your funds. You can get plenty of use out of your FSA right now with these summer purchases, according to WageWorks.

Stock up on sunblock and lip balm. If they have a sun protection factor rating of at least 15, both products are FSA-eligible, according to WageWorks.

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