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Savings Accounts

Bank First has a full array of savings accounts and convenience products available to fit your needs. With so many options, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for!

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First Savings

Earn interest while having immediate access to your savings accounts.

  • $100.00 minimum to open an account; minors no minimum
  • Unlimited withdrawals if made in person. Up to six transfers (phone or electronic) allowed per statement cycle
  • Interest paid quarterly
  • Depositor insured by FDIC limits

Savings Elite

A preferred way to earn money on larger balances in your savings account when you also have a Bank First checking account with direct deposit.

  • $100.00 minimum to open an account; minors no minimum
  • Unlimited withdrawals if made in person. Up to six transfers (phone or electronic) allowed per statement cycle
  • Interest paid quarterly
  • Depositor insured by FDIC limits

Holiday Savings

Our Holiday Savings account is an interest-bearing account designed to help you save regularly.

  • Registers provided for easy record keeping
  • Account earns competitive variable interest rate
  • Depositor insured by FDIC limits

IRA Savings Account

Earn a variable interest rate on your retirement savings!

  • Open your Market Plus account with a minimum of $100.00
  • No monthly maintenance fee. No minimum balance required to maintain account
  • Variable interest rate. The interest rates paid are based on account balances within the interest rate tiers
  • Unlimited withdrawals if made in person. Up to six transfers (phone or electronic) allowed per statement cycle
  • Depositor insured by FDIC limits

Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

A health savings account can help you stay on top of rising health care costs and provide you with tax-deferred savings.

HSA Benefits

  • Savings tool with investment earnings
  • Flexibility to pay current medical expenses or save for future needs
  • Tax-deductible contributions
  • Tax-deferred earnings
  • Tax-free withdrawals (if used properly)
  • Balance carries over from year-to-year
  • Remains with you, regardless of change in coverage or employment

HSA Eligibility

You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for an HSA; most importantly, you must be covered under a high deductible health plan (HDHP). An HDHP generally has lower premiums than other types of health plans, but also has higher deductibles. Until your deductible is met, you must pay for all your medical expenses - except for preventive care, which is almost always covered. Assuming your HDHP is HSA-compatible, you can use your HSA assets to pay for these expenses.

An HDHP is considered HSA-compatible if it satisfies the annual deductible and out-of-pocket expense limits (see chart). Check with your health insurance provider to see if your health plan meets these requirements.

Besides having coverage under a HDHP, to be eligible for an HSA, you:

  • cannot be covered by another health plan (with limited exceptions),
  • cannot be enrolled in Medicare, and
  • cannot be eligible to be claimed as a dependent on another person's tax return.

Note that your HSA eligibility is determined as of the first day of each month.

Contribution & Out-of-Pocket Limits for HSAs and High-Deductible Health Plans

Plan Type 2018 Limit

HSA contribution limit (employer + employee)

Self-only: $3,450

Family: 6,850

HSA catch-up contributions (age 55 or older) $1,000
HDHP minimum deductibles

Self-only: $1,350

Family: $2,700

HDHP maximum out-of-pocket amounts (deductibles, co-payments, and other amounts, but not premiums)

Self-only: $6,650

Family: $13,300

Funding Your HSA

HSA contributions must be made by your tax return due date (April 15), and generally are tax deductible. The maximum amount you (and/or your employer) can contribute to your HSA each year depends on if you have self-only or family HDHP coverage. Also, if you attain age 55 before the close of a taxable year, your contribution limit increases by $1,000 for the annual catch-up contribution.

Using Your HSA

You can withdraw money from your HSA tax free if the money is used to pay qualified medical expenses as permitted under federal tax law. This includes most medical, dental, and vision care, but generally does not include health plan premiums. You can pay medical expenses for yourself as well as for your spouse and any dependents, even if they are not covered by the HDHP.

Qualified medical expenses also include the premiums you pay for qualified long-term care insurance, health insurance when unemployed, health insurance under COBRA continuing health coverage, and certain health insurance premiums after age 65.

Use your HSA money for medical expenses now or in retirement. Keep in mind that HSA distributions not used for qualified expenses are subject to ordinary income tax and a 20 percent IRS penalty tax if taken before age 65 (unless due to death or disability). See a competent tax advisor to help you calculate the savings!

*The Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is valid for Savings Elite accounts opened to new Bank First deposit customers or to existing Bank First deposit customers who open a Savings Elite account with a minimum of $10,000 of money not already on deposit with Bank First. APY of 1.75% is valid as of 3/15/2018 on balances $10,000.00 or greater throughout the first 12 months of account opening. $10,000.00 must remain in the account for a minimum of 90 days, otherwise interest earned will be forfeited. Following the 12 month introductory period, the account is a tiered variable rate account and the rate can change at any time at the Bank’s discretion. Tiers and current pricing are as follows: $2,499.99 and under with an APY of 0.00%; $2,500.00 to $9,999.99 with an APY of 0.00%; $10,000.00 to $24,999.99 with an APY of 0.75%; $25,000.00 and over with an APY of 1.00%. Special is valid for personal accounts only. An active Bank First checking account with direct deposit is required to obtain Savings Elite account rates. If the checking account is closed or the direct deposit discontinued, the rate will change to our First Savings rate. Fees or withdrawals will reduce earnings on the account. Unlimited withdrawals if made in person; up to six transfers (phone or electronic) allowed per statement cycle. Interest paid quarterly. Member FDIC.

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