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Dependent Change and Family Tax Credits?

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Question: I currently qualify for premium assistance, falling just under the income limit for our 4-person household. My son expects to attain a full-time job with employer benefits in August. Will this reduce the income level to 3-person, meaning no premium assistance? If so, would it be effective in August or retroactive to Jan 1?

Answer: You are committed to notifying Covered California when your son's coverage starts, so you will stop getting advance premium tax credits at that point - not retroactively. It remains to be seen whether the IRS system has the sophistication necessary to reconcile the annual tax credit to reflect the midyear change like this.

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It is my understanding that the tax credits are based on how you plan to file taxes for 2014. The IRS is willing to advance those credits, but the final calculation happens when taxes are filed. If your son is not claimed as a dependent, the adjustment may indeed be retroactive to January. I’d talk to your CPA.

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