Individuals enrolling in a QHP (Qualified Health Plan) through an Individual Marketplace may be eligible for premium tax credits which reduce the cost of premiums for themselves and for any tax dependents. An individual may choose to apply the tax credit towards QHP premium costs on an advance basis – with reconciliation at the end of the year – or to receive the credit on his or her federal tax return filed for the coverage year. Advance payments are paid directly to QHP issuers on a monthly basis.
Individuals eligible for a premium tax credit who do not receive an advance payment of the premium tax credit may claim the credit on their income tax return filed for the coverage year. Individuals who are married at the end of the coverage year are required to file a joint return to receive a premium tax credit.
A tax filer on whose behalf advance payments are made is required to file a tax return for the coverage year to reconcile any advance payments of the premium tax credit with the premium tax credit allowed on the return. Thus, if the premium tax credit allowed on the return is more than the amount of the advance payment of the premium tax credit, the individual may receive the excess amount as a tax return. On the other hand, if the premium tax credit allowed on the return is less than the amount of the advance payment of the premium tax credit, the individual will repay the excess amount via the tax return, subject to statutory caps.
The Marketplaces will provide documentation to the tax filer and to the IRS that will support the reconciliation process, in the same way that an employer or bank provides a Form W-2 or Form 1099.
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