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Health Savings Accounts as a tax shelter

originally posted: 11/22/2006  reposted: 2/18/2011 This post has not been recently reviewed or revised by the author and may be out of date. If you notice an error or are in doubt, please send a new question by email or ask for an update. Email

Q: Are health savings accounts going to survive now that they have been branded a “tax shelter for the rich”?

A: Yes, HSAs will stick around. The critics, while few in number, have been able to get some media attention. Former Governor Jesse Ventura of Minnesota was a vocal critic. Still, there is overwhelming support from policymakers of every background. There is no significant force calling for a repeal of HSAs. In contrast, the list of supporters is overwhelming. While health savings accounts are an excellent tax shelter, rich people are not the only ones using them. Several HSA sponsors including published reports that show that about half of the HSA owners have total household incomes less than $100,000.


More resources:

"Health Savings Accounts Recognized as a Tax Break for the Rich"