Yes, you must report your spouse’s income. Your eligibility for lower costs on health insurance is based on the income of everyone in your household, whether they need insurance or not. Important: Remember that if you’re eligible for your spouse’s job-based insurance, you may not be eligible for lower costs …Read More »
I have a teenager who has a part-time job. Do I count her income as part of our household income when we apply for subsidies?
The answer depends on whether she earns enough income to be required to file a federal income tax return on her own. Generally, child dependents aren’t required to file a return or pay taxes on their income if they earn less than $6,300 in a year. If your daughter earns …Read More »
I have a college scholarship that covers my tuition and fees. Do I count that as income in determining my eligibility for subsidies?
Scholarship and fellowship payments for tuition and fees and course-related expenses required of all students are not counted as income in determining your eligibility. Payments for room and board are included.Read More »
When you apply for financial assistance through Maryland Health Connection, you will be asked to estimate your expected income for the upcoming year. Often a good place to start is to consider what your income is this year, or what income you reported on your tax return last year. However, …Read More »
I’m divorced and I pay alimony to my ex-spouse. Should I deduct that from my income in determining my eligibility for subsidies?
Yes. You deduct alimony that you pay from gross income to determine adjusted gross income. It will be excluded from income in determining your eligibility for premium tax credit and cost-sharing reductions.Read More »
I’m divorced and receive child support payments from my ex-spouse. Do I count that in determining eligibility for subsidies?
No, child support payments you receive are not counted. Income that you pay for child support is not considered a deduction.Read More »
I get Social Security benefits but don’t make enough money to file a tax return and/or to pay federal income taxes on them. Do I count my tax-free Social Security benefits when I apply for premium tax credits?
Yes, all of your Social Security benefits (except Supplemental Security Income (SSI)) will be counted as income in determining your eligibility. This will not affect your federal income taxes on these Social Security benefits. You will need to file a tax return if you are eligible for and elect to …Read More »
Your household income is one of several items used to determine your eligibility for premium tax credits. While we cannot provide tax advice, when applying for subsidies through Maryland Health Connection, veterans’ disability benefits should not be included in your household income.Read More »
If you can claim your child or another person as a dependent on your tax return, include the person as part of your household in your application. It doesn’t matter whether he or she is a full-time student. Also include anyone who is under 21 and lives with you, whether …Read More »
Yes. Although the tax credit is paid directly to an insurer on a monthly basis, it is in fact a tax credit that must be claimed on your annual income tax return. Maryland Health Connection will provide you with IRS Form 1095-A by January 31 that you will use to …Read More »