Obamacare imposes a tax penalty on Americans who remain without health insurance for over three months.
If you don’t have major medical health insurance that meets minimum Federal standards for more than two months in a row, you may incur a tax penalty when you file your income taxes.
Calculating Obamacare tax penalties
Tax penalties are pro-rated by the number of months you’re uninsured. In 2018, the penalty for going uncovered will be $295 per adult or 2.5% of your household income, whichever is higher.
In 2017, the Trump administration repealed the individual mandate (requirement for everyone to have health insurance), which will apply in 2019. As for 2018, there is still a requirement to have health insurance, or face tax penalties. You may still have to pay a tax penalty when you file your 2018 tax return in early 2019
This table also breaks down how the penalty would be applied each year:
|Household Size||Annual Income as a Percentage of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)|
|Family Size 1||$15,521(-$10,150) = $5,371||$29,175(-$10,150) =$19,025||$35,010(-$10,150) = $24,860||$46,680(-$10,150) = $36,530||$46,681+|
|2014 Yearly Penalty -Minimum: $95 per adult, $47.50 per child.||1.0% = Minimum $95||1.0% = $190.25||1.0% = $248.60||1.0% = $365.50||Up to $2,448 per adult1|
|2015 Yearly Penalty-Minimum: $325 per adult, $162.50 per child||2.0% = $107.42You pay = Minimum $325||2.0% = $380.50||2.0% = $497.20||2.0% = $730.60||Up to $3,8162|
|2016 Yearly Penalty– Minimum: $695 per adult, $347.50 per child||2.5% = $134.27You pay = Minimum $695||2.5% = $475.64You pay = Minimum $695||2.5% = $621.50You pay = Minimum $695||2.5% = $913.25||Up to $4,0452|
|2017 Yearly Penalty- Minimum: $695 per adult, $347.50 per child||2.5% = $134.27You pay = Minimum $695||2.5% = $475.64You pay = Minimum $695||2.5% = $621.50You pay = Minimum $695||2.5% = $913.25||Up to $4,0452|
1 (As published by the IRS: http://www.irs.gov/uac/ACA-Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Provision-Calculating-the-Payment)
2 (As projected by the Tax Policy Center: http://taxpolicycenter.org/taxfacts/acacalculator.cfm)
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