into an equity participation loan. By partnering my small HSA alongside my Traditional IRA, I created additional funds which would later be used for important health expenses. At the outset of this particular investment, I had only around $6,000 in my HSA. However, at the completion of the loan six years later, my HSA was well over $40,000. My profits returned to my Traditional IRA and HSA, and I paid absolutely no taxes on these earnings. I like to think of HSAs as the best of both worlds, because I also received a tax deduction on the contribution that I had made into my account, reducing my personal taxes too. This is the part where the story earns the title of my favorite investment – I was then able to take a tax-free distribution

to buy an airplane engine. You may be thinking that an airplane engine is not a qualified medical expense, and you’re correct. However, you can take a distribution for a qualified medical expense that happened in a prior year, provided the HSA was established prior to the medical expense was incurred. HSAs have so many unique features and allow for a broad range of expenses to be paid for like optical, dental, holistic medicine and much more that you can read about in IRS Publication 502. In conclusion, there are many ways to increase returns you may not have previously considered, but education remains the key. At Quest Trust Company we have highly educated staff and countless educational opportunities; live,

online and in-person. We never charge for the education we provide at Quest, because we believe that an educated client is our best client. Your success is also ours, and it contributes to success of our extended community. The best part? You don’t have to be a client to access the benefits of our free education. I encourage you to visit our website, but more importantly, setup a one-on-one consultation with one of our IRA Specialists to answer your questions. It’s completely free. •

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