If you received a 2014 health insurance subsidy, you may get an unpleasant surprise. When the Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) went online in late 2013, Americans shopping for coverage were asked to see if they qualified for a subsidy called the Premium Tax Credit. Millions of Americans did receive this federal assistance, which made it easier for them to pay health insurance premiums. PTCs were awarded based on household size and estimated 2014 household income.1
Of course, estimates don’t always match reality. Some households earned more than they thought they would in 2014. Others experienced life events like divorces, births or deaths. Because of these developments, certain households ended up receiving PTCs that were too large for their incomes and family size.
Is yours among them? If it turns out that way, you may have to pay a percentage of that federal credit back.