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Healthcare and Taxes

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect the health insurance and federal income taxes of nearly every American over the next few years.

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What You Need to Know About the Health Insurance Penalty

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came the requirement that nearly every American must have health insurance. This requirement is sometimes called the individual mandate. Yet, despite the strict requirement, many people who are healthy wonder if obtaining insurance is really worth it financially. The same question is often raised – should I pay for insurance if […]

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for Health Insurance

Shopping for health insurance may not be at the top of anyone’s list of fun things to do. However, with just a little preparation, it can take just a few minutes to shop and enroll in a plan that best fits your needs. To help save you time (and a little money) while shopping, here are a few […]

How Do the Affordable Care Act Subsidies Work?

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you must have a minimum level of health insurance coverage or pay a penalty, unless you meet one of the exceptions. That’s easy for people who get coverage through work, or who can afford to pay big premiums for their own plan. It’s also not an issue for people […]

Insurance Considerations for Freelancers, Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

Taking the leap to becoming a freelancer, entrepreneur or small business owner is huge. If you’ve recently done it, congratulations! There is no doubt you have a long to-do list, but you need to make sure getting insurance is a high priority. While becoming your own boss has many perks, it often also means leaving […]

Your Complete Guide to Form 8965 — Health Coverage Exemptions

What you need to know about Form 8965 Did you know that if you weren’t covered by a qualified health insurance plan last year you could face a penalty when filing your tax return? Fortunately, you may qualify for one of the many exemptions available. While some of the exemptions require you to apply through […]

7 Life Events That Qualify You for Special Enrollment Period

Under the Affordable Care Act you can usually only buy a health insurance plan, apply for subsidies to help pay for coverage, or switch plans is during the annual open enrollment period. The purpose of this rule is to keep people from waiting until they are sick or they suspect they may be sick to […]

IRS Sets July 31 as Deadline to File 2014 Tax Returns for ACA Premium Tax Credit

The IRS has just announced some important information for taxpayers who filed an extension for the 2014 tax year. The deadline for filing your 2014 Federal return is October 15, 2015, but you may want to file sooner. If you purchased health insurance coverage through a government-sponsored health insurance marketplace and want to keep your […]

ACA Advance Premium Tax Credits Continue

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of tax subsidies for qualified taxpayers who purchase insurance through federally-run exchanges. In short, advance premium tax credits will continue. This is good news for millions of Americans who enrolled in health insurance through the federal marketplace and receive tax subsidies to help offset […]

10 Job-Related Tax Benefits That Could Save You Some Serious Money

There’s more to a good job than a steady paycheck. Full-time employment can earn you all sorts of perks — from employer-sponsored health insurance to generous deductions on your tax return. Here are 10 job-related tax benefits that could save you some serious money.