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My employer contibuted $750 to my HSA I contributed $5000

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My employer contibuted $750 to my HSA I contributed $5000 as a before tax contribution. Box12 (W) says $5750. What number do I enter on line 2 of the Form 8889? Do I enter 0 because it was a before tax contibution or $5000 because that is the amount we contributed?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Wendy Reed replied 5 years ago.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to assist you. I will give the best answer that I can with the information provided.



This is correct. Line 2 says not to enter contributions made through a cafeteria plan--which are treated as employer contributions. Cafeteria plan means pre-tax contributions in this context.


Customer: replied 5 years ago.
So you didn't exactly answer which number I should use on line 2 Form 8889. Do I use $0 or $5000?
Expert:  Wendy Reed replied 5 years ago.
Sorry, I meant $0---because you are correct that is was a pretax contribution.
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