Overview

Spending and savings accounts allow you to pay for certain expenses with before-tax contributions from your pay and save on out-of-pocket costs. The following accounts are available:

Health Savings Account (HSA)

When you enroll in the High Deductible Health Plan (“HDHP”), you can open an HSA. The HSA is designed to be used in conjunction with the HDHP to pay for eligible health care expenses that the Plan does not cover with tax-free dollars, including your deductible. Citi will contribute money into your HSA each year that you are eligible.

In addition to the HSA, you may choose to contribute to a Limited Purpose Health Care Spending Account (LPSA) for qualified dental, vision and preventive medical care expenses only.

An HSA offers three tax advantages:

  1. The money you and Citi contribute to the account is tax-free.
  2. Your account earns interest tax-free. You can also invest your money when your balance reaches a minimum balance of $1,500, and any investment earnings are also tax-free.
  3. When you pay for qualified expenses with the money in your HSA, your withdrawals are made tax-free.

 

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You Must Be Eligible to Contribute to an HSA

You can open an HSA if you meet all the following criteria:

  • You are covered under a Citi HDHP.
  • You do not have other health coverage, including a Health Care Spending Account, except what is permitted under “other health coverage.” (i.e. limited purpose health care spending account)
  • You are not enrolled in Medicare Part A & B or Medicaid.
  • You are not claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return.

 

How the HSA Works

iconStart It.

To receive Citi’s contribution and to make contributions on your own behalf, you must open an HSA by accepting the terms and conditions and satisfying Citi’s policies and procedures required to establish an HSA.

iconBuild It.

You can add before-tax contributions to your account, up to IRS limits. You can have tax-free money deducted from your pay and deposited directly into your HSA. You can change your contribution amount at any time during the plan year, so your savings can match your budget for upcoming health care expenses.

Citi contributes, too: up to $500 for Employee Only coverage and up to $1,000 for any other coverage category.

Establishing an HSA, Citi will make quarterly contributions of $125 (for employee only coverage) or $250 (for any other coverage level) if you meet the criteria noted on this page by the deadlines below:

If You Open Your HSA by: You Will Begin Receiving Citi’s Contribution in:
4:00 p.m. ET on 12/31/18 January
4:00 p.m. ET on 3/31/19 April
4:00 p.m. ET on 6/30/19 July
4:00 p.m. ET on 9/30/19 October
iconUse It.

You will receive a payment card for your HSA, making paying for care easy. Use your HSA funds to pay for eligible health care expenses, like your deductible, coinsurance and other qualified medical, dental and vision care expenses, for you and your dependents. Visit www.irs.gov and access Publication 502 for a complete list of eligible expenses. It may be beneficial to pay for your health care expenses out of pocket to let your account grow.

iconGrow It.

Unused funds in your account will roll over to the next year. Once your balance reaches a certain amount, you may invest it, allowing it to grow over time.

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You always own the funds in your HSA. You can take the account with you if you retire or leave Citi.

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Invest in Your Future

Consider the HSA when you are planning for retirement. The HSA has a few key advantages, including:

  • Your unspent HSA dollars carry over year after year — you will never lose them because the HSA belongs to you. Your HSA can accumulate tax-free health spending money over time — you can use any balance remaining after you terminate employment, including for health expenses in retirement.
  • Your HSA balance can earn interest, and any amount above $1,500 can be invested. Any interest and investment gains you earn are tax-free, and can be withdrawn tax-free as long as the money is used to pay for qualified health care expenses. For more information, visit the ConnectYourCare website via My Total Compensation and Benefits or call ConnectOne at 1 (800) 881-3938. From the ConnectOne “benefits” menu, choose the “health and insurance benefits as well as TRIP and spending accounts” option.

Do not forget! During retirement, your HSA can be used for eligible health care expenses, tax-free.

2019 HSA Contributions

  Employee Only All Other Coverage Levels
Citi’s contribution Up to $500 Up to $1,000
Total contribution allowed by the IRS $3,500 $7,000
Amount you can contribute if you receive Citi’s entire annual contribution* Up to $3,000 Up to $6,000

*If you will be age 55 or older in 2019, you can contribute an additional $1,000.

Pay with Your HSA

iconHSA Debit Card

Use your HSA debit card to pay your doctor directly (if you established an HSA and there are sufficient funds in your account).

iconReimburse Yourself

Visit ConnectYourCare through My Total Compensation and Benefits to pay claims or reimburse yourself for eligible out-of-pocket expenses from your HSA, if you established one and have sufficient funds in your account. If there is not enough money in your HSA to cover the claim, you can reimburse yourself after funds are deposited into your HSA.

iconFile Later

Pay out of pocket and submit a reimbursement request to have funds withdrawn from your HSA at a later date. You do not have to file for reimbursement during the same year the expense was incurred.

iconPay Out of Pocket

Pay out of pocket and save your HSA balance for expenses you incur later this year or in future years.

Note: Money in an HSA grows tax-free and can be withdrawn tax-free as long as it is used to pay for qualified health-related expenses (a list of eligible expenses can be found in IRS Publication 502, available at www.irs.gov). If money is used for ineligible expenses, you will pay ordinary income tax on the amount withdrawn, plus a 20% penalty tax if you withdraw the money before age 65. After age 65, you can withdraw the money for any purpose with no penalty, but will still pay ordinary income tax.

Download the Apps

Download the ConnectYourCare App for fast access to your information.

 

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Maximize Your Savings with the HSA and LPSA

Like the LPSA, your HSA may be used for dental and vision expenses. To make the most of your HSA you might consider contributing to the LPSA, to cover dental, vision and preventive care medical expenses, and reserving your HSA balance for other or future health care expenses. This way, you can continue to save and grow your HSA through investment and interest earnings, if applicable.

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Important Tax Information

If you enroll in the High Deductible Health Plan and open a Health Savings Account, there are also a few important tax rules you need to follow:

  • Do not contribute more than the annual IRS limit (including Citi’s contributions). If your contributions exceed the IRS limit, the excess amount will be subject to standard income tax rates plus a 6% penalty. However, you can remove the excess amount to avoid the penalty if you realize your mistake in time. If you submit a Distribution Request Form through ConnectYourCare via My Total Compensation and Benefits, there is no penalty as long as the distribution is made before the tax filing deadline, which is April 15 of each year.
  • Save your receipts in case of an IRS audit. You are responsible for providing documentation that proves that you used your HSA only for qualified health-related expenses. If you use your HSA funds for expenses other than qualified health-related expenses, you will owe taxes on the withdrawal, as well as a 20% penalty tax on those funds. If you use an outside credit card or personal cash to pay for an expense, you can use your HSA to reimburse yourself, but make sure to keep the receipt as proof.
  • Disclose all HSA contributions and withdrawals on your taxes. You will need to submit Form 8889 along with your tax return. ConnectYourCare will provide information on HSA contributions and disbursements that you can use when filling out the form. In addition, your Form W-2 will display the total amount Citi contributed to your HSA.

 

Review IRS Publication 969, available at www.irs.gov for detailed information about HSA qualifications, contributions and distributions, and how your HSA contributions will affect your tax return.

Health Care Spending Account

The Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) can be used to pay for health care expenses for you and your family that are not paid by any medical, dental or vision plan. You can contribute if you are enrolled in the ChoicePlan 500 (CP500) or any HMO. If you are enrolled in a HDHP, you cannot enroll in a HCSA.

The HCSA has the following features:

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You can contribute between $120 and $2,650 for 2019. You have access to the entire amount elected for the year starting with your first day of coverage. You can only increase, decrease or stop your contributions during the year if you experience certain qualified changes in status. Contribution rates will be updated for 2020 when adjustments are finalized.

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The HCSA can be used for qualified health care expenses, including, but not limited to:

  • Doctor visit copays
  • Prescription drugs
  • Vision care expenses, such as exams, prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses
  • Physical therapy

 

Visit www.irs.gov and access Publication 502 for a complete list of eligible expenses.

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You receive a payment card to pay for eligible expenses. Use your CYC payment card to pay for eligible services right from the doctor’s office, pharmacy or other provider. You also have the option of paying out of pocket for medical care and later file a claim on the ConnectYourCare website available through My Total Compensation and Benefits.

icon“Use it or Lose it”

The HCSA is a spending account subject to the “use it or lose it” rule under the Internal Revenue Code. This means that you must incur eligible expenses each year to use the HCSA balance because it cannot be rolled over and used the next year.

As you are determining how much to contribute to an HCSA, plan accurately using the planning tools on Your Benefits Resources™ (YBR™) found on My Total Compensation and Benefits because any balance remaining unused by December 31, is subject to forfeiture. As such, you should think carefully about your health care needs for the coming year before electing your contribution amount.

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Reminder

You must file claims and provide supporting documentation for expenses. Any outstanding issues related to such expenses must be resolved no later than June 30 of the following plan year. To file a claim, log on to the CYC website through My Total Compensation and Benefits.

Download the Apps

Down the ConnectYourCare App for fast access to your information.

 

Limited Purpose Health Care Spending Account

The Limited Purpose Health Care Spending Account (LPSA) can be used to pay for vision, dental and preventive care medical expenses for you and your family that are not paid by any medical, dental or vision plan or your Health Savings Account (HSA). Remember: The LPSA can only be used with the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and Health Savings Account (HSA).

The LPSA has the following features:

iconContribute to the Account

You can contribute between $120 and $2,650 for 2019. You have access to the entire amount elected for the year starting with your first day of coverage. You can only increase, decrease or stop your contributions during the year if you experience certain qualified changes in status. Contributions will be updated for 2020 once adjustments are finalized.

iconPay for Qualified Expenses

The LPSA can only be used for qualified dental and vision care expenses which include, but are not limited to:

  • Preventive care
  • Dental cleanings and fillings
  • Orthodontia
  • Eye exams
  • Prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses
  • Prescription contact lenses
  • Laser surgery

 

See additional rules, features and uses.

iconEasy to Use

You receive a payment card to pay for eligible expenses. Use your CYC payment card to pay for eligible services right from the doctor’s office, pharmacy or other provider. You may also pay out of pocket for care and later file a claim on the ConnectYourCare website available through My Total Compensation and Benefits.

icon“Use it or Lose it”

The LPSA is a spending account with a “use it or lose it” rule. This means that you must spend your balance each year because it cannot be rolled over into the next year.

As you are determining how much to contribute to an LPSA, be sure to plan accurately using the planning tools on Your Benefits Resources™ (YBR™) found on My Total Compensation and Benefits. You will forfeit any unused funds by December 31, so think carefully about your health care needs for the coming year before electing your contribution.

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Reminder

You must file claims and provide supporting documentation for expenses. Any outstanding issues related to such expenses must be resolved no later than June 30 of the following plan year. To file a claim, log on to the CYC website through My Total Compensation and Benefits.

Download the Apps

Download the ConnectYourCare App for fast access to your information.

 

Dependent Day Care Spending Account

The Dependent Day Care Spending Account (DCSA) can be used to pay for certain dependent day care expenses so that you (and your spouse, if applicable) can work or look for work. Note: This account cannot be used to pay for health care expenses for your dependents.

The DCSA has the following features:

iconContribute to the Account

You can contribute between $120 and $5,000 per year on a before-tax basis to reimburse yourself for day care expenses for qualified dependents so that you (and your spouse, if you are married) can work or look for work.

iconPay for Qualified Expenses

Examples of eligible dependent day care expenses include:

  • Care at a licensed nursery school, day camp (including specialty camps) or day care center
  • Services from individuals who provide dependent day care inside or outside your home, unless the provider is your spouse, your own child under age 19 or any other dependent
  • After-school care for children under age 13
  • Household services related to the care of an elderly or disabled adult who lives with you
  • A care provider’s expenses for the transportation between your house and the place that provides day care services

 

Note: You cannot use the DCSA to reimburse yourself for your dependent children's health care expenses. Use the HCSA or LPSA for eligible health care expenses.

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You can submit a claim for eligible expenses online on the CYC website, available through My Total Compensation and Benefits, or you can submit a paper claim to CYC using the Dependent Day Care Account Claim and Provider Documentation Form. The claim-filing instructions are on the CYC website and the Dependent Day Care Account Claim and Provider Documentation Form.

icon“Use it or Lose it”

The DCSA is a spending account subject to the “use it or lose it” rule under the Internal Revenue Code. This means that you must incur eligible expenses each year to use the HCSA balance because it cannot be rolled over and used the next year.

As you are determining how much to contribute to an DCSA, plan accurately using the planning tools on Your Benefits Resources™ (YBR™) found on My Total Compensation and Benefits because any balance remaining unused by December 31, is subject to forfeiture.

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Reminder

You must file claims and provide supporting documentation for expenses. Any outstanding issues related to such expenses must be resolved no later than June 30 of the following plan year. To file a claim, log on to the CYC website through My Total Compensation and Benefits.

Transportation Reimbursement Incentive Program

The Transportation Reimbursement Incentive Program (TRIP) lets you use pre-tax dollars pay for the cost of public transportation and parking so you can commute to and from work. You can elect to participate in:

  • A Transit Account: to pay for eligible transit expenses, such as bus, subway, train, ferry and Metro passes, as well as vanpooling.
  • A Parking Account: to pay for parking on or near Citi's business location from which you commute to work by mass transit, vanpool or carpool.

iconProgram Eligibility

You are eligible to enroll in TRIP if:

  • You commute to work by public transportation (bus, subway, train, ferry or van pool) or you commute to work by car and have out-of-pocket parking expenses
  • You do not participate in another Company-sponsored parking or mass transit program

iconHow the Program Works

TRIP allows you to purchase transit and parking passes, up to $265, online so you can commute to and from work. The first $265 of your transit and/or parking pass will be deducted from your pay before taxes are withheld. Any amount of your transit pass or parking pass that exceeds $265 will be deducted from your pay after taxes are withheld.

iconHow to Enroll

You can enroll in TRIP on the CYC website, available as a link from My Total Compensation and Benefits. Note: TRIP is not part of Annual Enrollment. You can enroll at any time.