Calculating an Individual Shared Responsibility Payment
IRS Health Care Tax Tip 2015-15, March 6, 2015
The individual shared responsibility provision in the Affordable Care Act calls for you and your dependents to have qualifying health care coverage for each month of the year, qualify for a health coverage exemption, or make an Individual Shared Responsibility Payment when filing your federal income tax return.
In general, the annual payment amount is the greater of a percentage of your household income or a flat dollar amount, but is capped at the national average premium for a bronze level health plan available through the Marketplace. You will owe 1/12th of the annual payment for each month you or your dependents don’t have either coverage or an exemption.
For more information about determining the amount and reporting your payment on your tax return, see our Calculating the Payment page.
Additional IRS Resources:
- Publication 5209 - Preparing your 2014 Return - the shared responsibility payment