The first thing you should understand about a tax subsidy is that it’s essentially an advance that’s applied to your health care coverage premiums. The amount of the subsidy you receive is determined by the income estimate and family description you noted on your Health Insurance Marketplace application. If you overestimated how much of a subsidy you would need, you’ll have to pay back the extra amount. If you underestimated, you’ll receive the difference in the form of a refundable credit after filing your income tax return.
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To avoid cutting the IRS a check when tax season rolls around, it’s best that you keep your health insurance broker in the loop on any changes to your income or your family as soon as you’re aware of them. This way, the Health Insurance Marketplace can make the necessary changes to your information and adjust your subsidy accordingly. Not only should you tell your broker if your income or family size changes, you should also inform her or him if you get a job-based insurance plan starting or if you become eligible for Medicare coverage. Just make sure you’re clear about whether you’ll have to pay a penalty for not having coverage.
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