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IRS Finds A Cure For The Family Glitch

Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can feel like navigating a maze, especially when it comes to health insurance and tax credits. One hurdle families have faced is the “family glitch,” which limited their access to the Premium Tax Credit (PTC). But fear not! Recent IRS regulations offer a fix, opening up new possibilities for affordable coverage.

What’s the Premium Tax Credit (PTC)?

The PTC is a refundable tax credit that helps lower-income taxpayers afford health insurance through government marketplaces. It’s a game-changer for many families, making quality healthcare more accessible.

The “Family Glitch” Explained

The original PTC rules created an unintended obstacle – the “family glitch.” If an employer offered affordable coverage for the employee, the entire family was considered covered, even if the family portion was unaffordable. This meant families couldn’t access the PTC, leaving them with expensive plans or no coverage at all.

The Fix is In! New Rules for 2023 and Beyond

Thankfully, the IRS has amended the regulations for 2023 and onwards. Now, employer coverage affordability is assessed separately for the employee and their family. This means:

  • If the employee’s portion is affordable (less than 9.12% of household income), they can’t claim the PTC for the family.
  • But if the family portion is unaffordable (exceeds 9.12%), the spouse and dependents can get coverage through a marketplace and use the PTC!

So, what does this mean for you?

  • Review your employer’s health insurance plan costs carefully. Separate the employee’s portion from the family portion and compare them to your household income (using the 9.12% affordability test).
  • If the family portion is unaffordable, consider switching to a marketplace plan. You might be eligible for the PTC, making it a more cost-effective option.
  • Don’t miss your employer’s open enrollment period! This is the time to make changes to your coverage for the upcoming year.

Example: Rick and his family illustrate this perfectly. His employer’s plan is affordable for him, but not for his wife and kids. Thanks to the new rules, they can switch to a marketplace plan and use the PTC, saving money on their healthcare costs.

Still Unsure? We Can Help!

Navigating these changes can be confusing. If you have questions about the PTC, the “family glitch” fix, or anything related to ACA tax credits, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you understand your options and find the most affordable healthcare solution for your family.

JS Morlu LLC is a top-tier accounting firm based in Woodbridge, Virginia, with a team of highly experienced and qualified CPAs and business advisors. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive accounting, tax, and business advisory services to clients throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and the surrounding regions. With over a decade of experience, we have cultivated a deep understanding of our clients’ needs and aspirations. We recognize that our clients seek more than just value-added accounting services; they seek a trusted partner who can guide them towards achieving their business goals and personal financial well-being.
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