Calculating an Individual Shared Responsibility Payment

posted Mar 6, 2015, 6:29 PM by Andre Lindley

The individual shared responsibility provision in the Affordable Care Act calls for you and your dependents to have qualifying health care coverage for each month of the year, qualify for a health coverage exemption, or make anIndividual Shared Responsibility Payment when filing your federal income tax return.

In general, the annual payment amount is the greater of a percentage of your household income or a flat dollar amount, but is capped at the national average premium for a bronze level health plan available through the Marketplace. You will owe 1/12th of the annual payment for each month you or your dependents don’t have either coverage or an exemption.

If you must make a payment, you can use the worksheets located in the instructions to Form 8965, Health Coverage Exemptions, to figure the shared responsibility payment amount due.

For more information about determining the amount and reporting your payment on your tax return, see our Calculating the Payment page.

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