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Individual Mandate

The individual mandate requires that legal residents obtain healthcare coverage beginning in 2014 or face a tax penalty.

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Exemptions

There are also several exemptions to the individual mandate. Persons who are applicable individuals will still be exempt from the penalty of the individual mandate if:

  • coverage is unaffordable (excedes 9.5% of household income;
  • they do not meet the filing threshold for purposes of income tax filing;
  • they are Native Americans;
  • they have a short lapse in coverage (less than three months since they had minimum essential coverage);
  • they have suffered a hardship;
  • they are a dependent; or
  • they reside outside of the United States.

Amount of Penalty

The ACA specifies that the “applicable dollar amount” of the tax is generally $695, to be phased in and adjusted as follows:

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As you can see from this chart, the penalty tax starts as a nominal tax in 2014, and by 2016 it is much more significant.

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