Obama's Health Care Plan and Tax Deductions

Obama's Health Care Plan and Tax Deductions

As many of you may know that starting 2014 Obama’s healthcare plan will kick in that may allow low income families to enroll in qualified health care plan and claim the insurance premium as tax credit.  However, some of us are still wondering what if qualified health plan offered by the Obma’s health care plan is cheaper than the one offered by our employer.    Can we switch to different plan?  If we make the switch, can we still deduct premium?

Answers to these questions are equally important to the employers.   Employers would like to predict their exposure to the employer responsibility excise imposed should if they offer the healthcare that does not provide minimum value (What is the minimum value?), or is unaffordable.   After all, employers want to know if they should continue with their health plans or not?

“Have IRS not finalized the rules?” you may ask.  You can read T.D. 9590 published by the IRS and Treasury Department.  You will find many rules to determine eligibility for and calculation of the tax Code section 36B refundable health insurance premium tax credit added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended.   These rules address many matter e.g treatment of required waiting periods, or relief from erroneous automatic enrollment in an employer-sponsored plan.  But at the same time they leave many issues for future guidance and public interpretation.

For example, Employers can find out when employer plan coverage is affordable for the employee by using a simply formula (i.e., the employee’s contribution is no more than 9.5% of household income) but do not address whether coverage is affordable for related individuals who can enroll in the employer plan.

Many groups are working closely with IRS and Obama’s administration to finalize the rules and calculation methods to determine how much premium should be deductable.  Tax payers are also being invited by the IRS to comment on these matters.

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  • Brent

    Did Obama lie or is he a fool? Let’s see, he said the insurance would be cheaper. Not only is more expensive for us, but the deductible is higher, the percentage of co-pay is higher. He said he would not raise taxes on anyone making less than $200,000. My wife and I make less than half of that. At this late moment, they are still deciding How much if any of the premiums should be deductible. If they make it so we get no deduction, that alone will raise our taxes by 4%. We must not forget my doctor that saved my life will not participate in Obama care. There will not be enough doctors to take care of those on the plan. Reason tell us that there will be long waits to get appointments. In Canada, I have a friend that has not slept in 3 weeks. There is a wait of a year to get into sleep disorder center. I will stay with our policy and pay 4% more in taxes. I will also be supporting the Republicans to get rid of this OBAMANATION.