QUESTION

I earn enough to qualify for premium tax credits, but I’m concerned my income may drop later this year to less than 100 percent of poverty. If that happens, will I have to pay back the premium tax credits I get?

Individuals with no coverage | Eligibility for Premium Tax Credits and Cost-Sharing Reductions
ANSWER

No, you will not have to pay back the premium tax credits you get if the marketplace said you were eligible for premium tax credits and your income drops below 100 percent of poverty. In fact, you may get a refund. When you file your taxes, the credit you receive will be compared to the credit you should have received based on your actual income for the year. If your income goes down, you will get a refund for the difference between the two. If you intentionally provide inaccurate information about your income to the marketplace, then you may have to pay back the premium tax credit.

Note, however, that you may be asked to provide documents that prove you’ll have income above 100 percent of poverty in the year ahead in order to be found eligible for premium tax credits.

(26 C.F.R. § 1.36B-2).

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