The ACA requires everyone have Minimum Essential Coverage to comply with the law and avoid a Shared Responsibility Payment (also known as tax penalty, fee, or Individual Mandate payment). If a consumer 1) does not qualify for an exemption and 2) fails to have Minimum Essential Coverage, they will have a Shared Responsibility Payment due at tax time for the months the consumer did not have coverage or an exemption.
Your payment amount is capped at the cost of the national average premium for a bronze level health plan available through the Marketplace. For 2015, the annual national average premium for a bronze level health plan available through the Marketplace is $2,484 per year – or $207 per month – for an individual and $12,240 per year – or $1,020 per month – for a family with five or more members.
Internal Revenue Service Issue Number: HCTT-2015-49 August 14, 2015 The Affordable Care Act includes the individual shared responsibility provision that requires you, your spouse, and your dependents to have qualifying health insurance for the entire year, report a health coverage exemption, or make a payment when you file. Who is subject to this provision? All U.S. […]