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3 Reasons to Trade in Your COBRA Policy for an ACA Plan

3 Reasons to Trade in Your COBRA Policy for an ACA Plan - TaxACT Blog

Losing your job or making a career transition is stressful — and can knock you for a loop like a punch to the solar plexus. Then there’s the added pressure of securing health insurance until you land a new job, or a new employer’s coverage kicks in. In the past, many people avoided a gap […]

How Skipping the ACA Open Enrollment Could Cost You

How Skipping the ACA Open Enrollment Could Cost You - TaxACT Blog

The Thanksgiving holiday is always a time to reflect and remind ourselves what we’re grateful for: family, friends, a good job . . . okay and those door-busting Black Friday deals. In the spirit of the season, you’re probably thanking your lucky stars you’ve already got health insurance and you don’t have to worry about […]

How the Advanced Premium Tax Credit Impacts 2014 Tax Returns

How the Advanced Premium Tax Credit Impacts 2014 Tax Returns - TaxACT

If you bought health insurance through a government-sponsored marketplace, you may be receiving a tax credit that helps pay for your health insurance premiums. Because the credit is directly sent to your insurance company to offset your premiums, you never see the cash. It would be easy to forget about the credit altogether. If nothing […]

Are You Uninsured? Find Out If You Qualify for a Health Insurance Penalty Exemption

Are You Uninsured? Find Out If You Qualify for a Health Insurance Penalty Exemption - TaxACT

2014 is the first year that individuals in the U.S. may have to pay a penalty if they don’t have sufficient health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. If you have minimum essential coverage through your employer or that you’ve purchased on your own or through your state’s marketplace, you likely don’t need to worry […]

Read This Before You Let Your ACA Plan Autorenew for 2015

ACA Plan Autorenew for 2015 - TaxACT

If you are enrolled in a health insurance plan you purchased through the Affordable Care Act exchanges (or marketplaces), your plan is set to autorenew this fall. You don’t have to do anything extra to keep your policy in force for 2015. That’s the good news. The bad news is that if you don’t look […]

4 Money Mistakes Millennials Make

4 Money Mistakes Millennials Make - TaxACT

Ever kick yourself for not planning ahead financially or for making purchases you later regretted? You’re not alone. It’s easy to make a few missteps when you’re first starting out and still learning how to stick to a budget. Although there are a few things other generations can learn from Millennials, here’s a look at […]

Miss the Deadline to Purchase Health Insurance? Maybe Not!

Miss the deadline to purchase health insurance? Maybe not! - TaxACT

April 15th marked the no-kidding-around end of the first open enrollment period for signing up for a new health care plan via the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Obama administration (and several states) extended two weeks of wiggle room to those who (scout’s honor) started signing up before March 31 deadline but ran into a […]

3 Reasons to Buy Health Insurance During Tax Season

3 Reasons to Buy Health Insurance During Tax Season - TaxACT

Tax Day is nearly upon us, and even if your finances are in perfect order, it’s hard not to breathe a sigh of relief when you’ve finally filed your tax return. Compiling information and receipts for 365 days’ worth of personal and business transactions can sometimes feel like an insurmountable task. Tax season is actually […]

Weekly Favorites: Taxes From A To Z (2014): B Is For Basis, and more

TaxACT Weekly Favorites - 3/7/2014

TaxACT Weekly Favorites:  March 7, 2014 7 Tricky Tax Return Questions—Answered! via Bottom Line Publications Each new year brings tricky changes in the tax code, creating confusion when it comes time to fill out tax forms and do tax planning. Last year’s soaring stock prices and rising real estate values could further complicate these tasks […]

Five Things You Need to Know About the ACA

Five Things You Need to Know About the ACA - TaxACT

On October 1, 2013, the health insurance landscape changed dramatically as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as Obamacare, went into effect. Thanks to a major overhaul of public policy, subsidized coverage can now be purchased through state-run or national exchanges, and no one can be turned away. Changes to […]

Affordable Care Act: Catastrophic Plan vs Full Coverage

Affordable Care Act: Catastrophic Plan vs Full Coverage - TaxACT

Are you eligible for a catastrophic plan? Is it right for you? Under the Affordable Care Act, there are basically five levels of available health insurance plans: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze . . . and Catastrophic. Catastrophic is a minimal plan and has a number of limitations. It is therefore considered a separate plan from […]

What’s At Stake If You Miss the Deadline to Get Health Insurance?

What's At Stake If You Miss the Deadline to Get Health Insurance

The deadline to get health insurance is approaching. If you don’t have access to employer-provided health insurance and you don’t qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, you need to make sure you have health insurance that meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by January 1, 2014. If you don’t get qualified health insurance […]

How to Enroll in the Affordable Care Act 101

How to Enroll in the Affordable Care Act 101 - TaxACT

How do you enroll for a health insurance plan through the healthcare marketplaces? Now that the health insurance marketplace website is running better, let’s review the options for signing up for health insurance. Navigating HealthCare.gov First, you actually have the option of window-shopping at healthcare.gov. On the main page is a circle that reads: SEE […]