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HSA Contribution Extension for 2019

In response to the current conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, IRS Notice 2020-18 postpones the April 15, 2020 due date for filing federal income tax returns, deferring payments to July 15, 2020. The IRS has added information regarding this notice under “Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers” which addresses contribution extensions for those in Health Savings Account plans.

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The CARES Act Provides Help for Those with HSAs and FSAs

The $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into law on March 27, 2020 with the purpose of helping employees out with benefit-related items during the COVID-19 crisis. The CARES Act repeals the Affordable Care Act’s exclusion of over-the-counter (OTC) medications from the definition of “qualified medical expenses”.  The bill is over 880 pages long, but to review the new rules regarding OTC provisions, see Sec. 3702 of the CARES Act.

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