Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) opens Saturday, Nov.
15, marking the second opportunity for uninsured Americans to purchase
health insurance under the new health care law. TurboTax®, the nation’s
leading online tax preparation service from Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq:INTU),
is offering simple tips and tools at www.TurboTaxHealth.com.
The online guide helps anyone make the best health care choices for
themselves and their families.
Below are some helpful tips from TurboTax ahead of the second open
Get started now. Those who miss this open enrollment period
must wait until next year to buy coverage for 2016. Anyone without
qualifying health coverage during 2015 must either pay a tax penalty
or apply for an exemption to avoid paying the fee. The tax penalty in
2015 is steeper than it was in 2014 – going up from $95 per adult or
1% of household income to $325 per adult or 2% of household income,
whichever is higher.
Subsidies for affordable care. Approximately 85 percent of
Marketplace enrollees receive a premium tax credit to offset the costs
of health insurance premiums. The amount of this financial assistance
is determined based on estimated income, household size and the cost
of a silver plan. Those who are planning to shop for a plan during
this open enrollment can use the TurboTax®
Health Care Eligibility Calculator, an easy-to-use online service,
to find out if they qualify for a subsidy to help them purchase health
Report changes to avoid tax time surprises. Those who enrolled
in coverage through the Marketplace are required to report any changes
to household income or family size. Reporting these changes will
reduce the chance of taking too much advanced premium tax credits and
having to repay the excess on their tax returns
Check exemption eligibility. The ACA is designed to ensure
everyone has health insurance and imposes tax penalties on those who
don’t. Many uninsured Americans could qualify for an exemption. TurboTax®
Exemption Check is a free online tool that can help people without
insurance determine, in just a few minutes, if they may be eligible to
waive the health care tax penalty.
Check deadlines. Open enrollment begins on November 15, 2014
and runs through February 15, 2015. For 2014 Marketplace enrollees,
coverage will be automatically renewed for 2015, if no action is taken
by December 15, 2014. However, enrollees have until February 15, 2015
to change their plan in the Marketplace.
For more information, visit TurboTaxHealth.com,
a free online resource for Americans to find out if they qualify for a
subsidy through a Marketplace, determine what their estimated penalty
might be if they are uninsured, or whether they qualify for an exemption
from the health care tax penalty.
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