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As we move into tax season, it’s essential for individuals who had Marketplace health coverage in 2023 to understand their responsibilities regarding federal taxes. If you were enrolled in a Marketplace plan and utilized the premium tax credit to lower your monthly payments, you must file your taxes and reconcile your premium tax credit using IRS Form 8962.

Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know:

Filing Process: Begin by obtaining Form 1095-A, which you should receive by mail by mid-February. Alternatively, you can access it through your Marketplace account from mid-January to February 1. Log in, select your 2023 application, and navigate to “Tax Forms” to retrieve your form.

Reconciliation: Use Form 1095-A to complete IRS Form 8962. This form allows you to reconcile your 2023 premium tax credit. Depending on your circumstances, you may owe taxes if you used more of the premium tax credit than you qualified for, or you may be eligible for a refund or a reduction in the amount of taxes owed if you used less of the credit than you qualified for.

Resubmission: If you filed your tax return electronically and were rejected due to a missing Form 8962, you must resubmit your return after correcting the error. Familiarize yourself with the process to ensure your taxes are filed accurately and promptly.

Additional Details: For more information on filing taxes with the premium tax credit, consult resources provided by the IRS. Understanding the intricacies of tax filing with health coverage can help you confidently navigate the process.

Additionally, here are some key considerations based on the type of health coverage you had in 2023:

Marketplace Plan with Premium Tax Credit: If you utilized premium tax credits to lower your monthly payments, ensure you reconcile your premium tax credit using Form 8962.

Marketplace Plan without Premium Tax Credit: Your tax filing process may differ if you paid full price for your Marketplace plan because you didn’t qualify for a premium tax credit or didn’t apply for one.

Job-Based Health Coverage: If you had health coverage through your job, a retiree health plan, COBRA, or another source, ensure you have the necessary documentation for tax filing.

Other Health Coverage: Individuals with health coverage from Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, or plans purchased outside the Marketplace should also review their tax filing requirements.

No Health Coverage: If you were uninsured for all or most of 2023, be aware of any potential tax penalties or exemptions that may apply.

By understanding your obligations regarding health coverage and federal taxes, you can ensure a smooth and compliant filing process for the 2023 tax year. Stay informed, gather necessary documentation, and seek assistance to fulfill your tax obligations accurately and on time.

Please note that while we strive to provide helpful information, we are not tax experts. It’s always advisable to consult with a qualified tax professional or the IRS directly for personalized advice regarding your specific tax situation.

American Exchange is a licensed health insurance broker. Robert Huffaker, NPN 13568432

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