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What is the Individual Mandate Penalty?

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Question: What is the individual mandate health care reform amount of tax?

Answer: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) specifies that the “applicable dollar amount” of the tax is $695 per adult to be phased in and adjusted as follows:

  • In 2014, the penalty is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child (up to $285 per family) or 1% of family income, whichever is greater.
  • In 2015, the penalty is $325 per adult and $162.50 per child (up to $975 per family) or 2% of family income, whichever is greater.
  • In 2016, the penalty is $695 per adult and $347.50 per child (up to $2,085 per family) or 2.5% of family income, whichever is greater.

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