ACA Tax Complications
No one wants a big surprise at tax time, which is why Tax Samaritan recommends that clients review their tax situation and make any necessary last-minute adjustments to withholding or estimated tax payments due to anticipated ACA tax complications this year.
This used to be a simple process, but this year many taxpayers who obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace may be in for a big ACA tax surprise at tax time.
As part of the Marketplace, eligible taxpayers had the option of receiving a subsidy to help pay their monthly health insurance premiums. This ACA tax subsidy was paid directly to the health insurance carrier and was considered an advance of the premium tax credit. Eligibility for the ACA tax subsidy was based on estimated household size and income.
Generally, individuals and families with estimated household incomes for the year between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level for their family size were eligible for the subsidy.
One person: household income between $11,490 and $45,960
Family of two: household income between $15,510 and $62,040
Family of four: household income between $23,550 and $94,200
If your actual 2014 household income exceeds these amounts and a subsidy was granted, the subsidy will need to be repaid on your 2014 federal tax return. Sadly, it’s fair to say some people will see some unexpected, unpleasant surprises on their tax returns next year.
Many people were exempt from the Marketplace, so the subsidy was not allowed. Those exempt were already receiving affordable minimum coverage through an eligible employer plan, were eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP or TRICARE, or were claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return.
Filing a tax return can be daunting with these ACA tax complications and stressful without the advice and guidance of a tax expert, such as the Enrolled Agents at Tax Samaritan. Enrolled agents receive their licenses from the Department of Treasury – we’re America’s Tax Experts®.
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