The Beginner's Guide to Health Spending Accounts
A brief rundown of Health Spending Accounts for a small business with employees. This plan is eligible for Canadian business owners.
A Health Spending Account is a cost-effective alternative to health and dental insurance.
It is a special spending account established for your employees.
The benefit is 100% tax free to your employees and 100% tax deductible for your business.
There are no premiums.
Identify custom classifications of employees. Each classification will receive a specific dollar amount for their spending account.
Select how much to offer each custom classification. For example, managers receive $1,500 and full-time employees $1,000.
A monthly contribution is deposited from the employer account and held in trust with Olympia to fund employee claims.
A Health Spending Account is not a plan of insurance.
Your business will only be charged a flat 8% administration fee on the value of claims submitted.
Break free from health and dental insurance.
Employee pays medical expense.
Employee submits claim online.
Olympia debits employer funding account.
Olympia reimburses employee directly.
The reimbursement is 100% tax free to the employee and 100% tax deductible for the employer.
For a corporation with arm’s length employees
What’s the difference between Incorporated Individual and Business with Staff? +
“Incorporated Professional” is an HSA for an incorporated individual such as a contractor, consultant, doctor, or other professional. In this instance, the corporation has no “arm’s length employees”. The HSA will be established for the corporation, the owner, and dependants.
“Business with Staff” is an HSA for a corporation with “arm’s length employees”. In this instance, the HSA is used to provide health and dental benefits to employees and their dependants.
How does a HSA work?+
An HSA is a cost effective alternative to traditional health insurance. It is a special spending account established for your employees. The benefit is 100% tax free to your employee and 100% tax deductible for your corporation. There are no premiums. Read more about how an HSA works.
What is the administration fee?+
Instead of a premium, your business will pay 8% on the value of employee claims. The claims and the administration fee are tax deductible.
What is covered with an HSA? +
There is a wide range of eligible expenses for an HSA.
How do employees make a claim? +
The payment from your corporation is 100% tax deductible. The reimbursement is 100% tax free.
What are employee classifications? +
In designing your HSA, you establish separate classifications of employees. Each classification receives a set dollar value. This effectively becomes the employee’s spending account limit. An example might be Executives receive $10,000 per year; Managers $5,000; and Full Time $2,000. Read more about classifications.
What are the guidelines on benefit levels? +
You can determine the amount to offer each classification. Shareholder’s cannot receive 10 times more than the lowest category. The minimum amount to offer is $250.
Can employees contribute to the plan? +
No, employees cannot contribute to an HSA.
How do I fund my plan? +
Once per month a predetermined amount is withdrawn from your business bank account. The amount is determined by you and the funds belong to you at all times.
Is there an age restriction? +
There are no age restrictions with the HSA, WSA, or telemedicine. Insurance plans are restricted to age 70.
What’s the difference between an HSA plan, fiscal, and calendar year? +
What’s the difference between an HSA and insurance?+
An HSA has no premiums, no deductibles, no copayments, and wide range of eligible expenses. Read more here.
How do I set up an HSA? +
What makes Olympia Benefits different? +
Based on Google reviews, Olympia Benefits is the highest rated provider. We are consistently rated 5/5 for responsiveness, quality, and value.
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8% admin fee
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