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Financial advisors: Send clients these healthcare tax tips


 Remind clients to review healthcare when filing taxes

It’s that time of year — W-2s are out, 1095-Cs are in the process of being filed, and consumers and businesses are checking off their tax related to-dos. For financial advisors, this is a busy time of year – and also an opportunity to provide comprehensive advice on areas your clients may not realize affect their finances.

In particular, healthcare can have a big impact on clients in retirement as well as those still working. Here are three healthcare tax tips for clients.

Financial advisors may want to help them review healthcare when filing their taxes to ensure they are taking advantage of any savings opportunities.

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It’s not too late to fund HSAs

Most people don’t know that you can actually fund your Health Savings Account all the way up to the tax-filing deadline for the prior year. In other words, contributions through April 15, 2019 apply toward 2018 limits.

If clients haven’t maximized their contributions, it’s not too late. Individuals can contribute $3,450 for 2018, and families can contribute $6,900.

The medical expense deduction threshold jumps this year

Deducting medical expenses is difficult, but applicable consumers may want to itemize these costs. For qualifying expenses that occured in 2018, consumers can deduct expenses exceeding 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income, as long as deductions are itemized. Beginning this year, the threshold rises to 10 percent.

Because health insurance premiums are most consumers’ biggest healthcare expense, and they are not eligible to be deducted, most consumers aren’t able to take advantage of this deduction. Further, most consumers do not itemize.

No penalty for lacking coverage in 2018

If clients didn’t have health insurance for any part of 2018, they won’t face a penalty for the first time since 2014. The Affordable Care Act requires most consumers to carry health insurance, and clients will still have to specify if they did when they file their taxes. However, the penalty has been set to $0.

At Bernard Health, we have more than 10 years of experience helping consumers tackle Medicare and other healthcare costs and coverage concerns. To learn more about how we partner with financial advisors to address client needs, click below to schedule a consultation.

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