Affordable Care Act Individual Shared Responsibility Payment

Health care coverage is now required under the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” If you do not have coverage, the IRS can charge you with an individual shared responsibility payment when you file your taxes in 2015. In their article on the subject, the IRS lists three reasons why you would have to make a payment: You have not signed up for a qualifying form of health insurance coverage. You had a gap in coverage in 2014. (If it was less than 3 consecutive months, you might qualify for an exemption.) You didn’t qualify for an exemption. The amount you owe will be based on the greater of: 1% of your household income that is above the tax return filing threshold … [Read more...]

Affordable Care Act Tax Exemptions

If you do not have health insurance coverage or have a gap in coverage in 2014, you will have to either file for an exemption or pay an individual shared responsibility fee when you file your taxes in 2015. According to the IRS, people who qualify for an Affordable Care Act tax exemption include those who: Do not have access to affordable coverage Have a gap of less than three consecutive months without coverage Qualify for one of several other exemptions, including having a hardship that prevents you from obtaining coverage, or belonging to a group explicitly exempt from the requirement The IRS also created a specific hardship exemption for those who purchased insurance … [Read more...]