Welcome to Insurance Lovers On Clawbacks, Taxes besides Gifts

We've written before unopen ObamaPlan subsidy clawbacks:

"The IRS demanded John payback the subsidies he had already received ... In monastic tell to pay dorsum what he owed John took out a s mortgage on his home."

John may Pb hold gotten off lucky. Thanks to longtime FoIB Joe Kristan, we acquire unopen the McGuires:

"In 2013, the McGuires had consulted alongside their acre ACA exchange, Covered California which determined ... they were entitled to an advance premium assistance credit of $591 per month"

[ed: APAC/APTC = subsidy]

They dutifully took CC's give-and-take for it, together with signed upward for a conception alongside a $1,200 per month premium [ed: redefining the term "Affordable Care" inwards the process], but for which they were exclusively responsible for unopen half. The other $600 came out of your together with my pockets.

It's critical to squall back that this whole kerfluffle took position inwards 2013, which, every flake regular readers testament recall, was Open Season v1.0. So what came side past times side should come upwardly upward every flake no surprise:

The family's fortunes took a plow for the improve afterwards inwards the year, when Mrs McG landed a chore that paid her enough money that it kicked the line of slice of labor corporation unit of measurement of measuring out of the subsidy eligibility pool. Which they would Pb hold known if they'd bothered to read their mail...

Oh, wait:

"Unfortunately the McGuires never received the alphabetic quality ... during Covered California's offset opened upward enrollment period, Covered California was together with therefore busy that it was non uncommon that changes were non implemented."

Turns out, the line of slice of labor corporation unit of measurement of measuring had moved, together with had been trying - unsuccessfully, it turns out - to notify the rocket surgeons at their state's Exchange. Since that never happened, they never got their letter. The termination of which is a rather hefty final result of the aforementioned clawback:

"The IRS, of course, did know unopen the credit together with ... determined that [The McGuires] did non qualify for the $7,092 credit together with increased their taxation liability past times that amount.  As is routine the IRS threw inwards an accuracy penalty."

Because of course of teaching of written report they did.

The McGuires of course of teaching of written report protested, but to petty avail. The bottom line is that, through no (apparent) fault of their own, they're going to Pb hold to repay the $7,092 credit (but the penalisation was waived).

But that's non genuinely the holler for of this post.


Well, it was significant to spot out the facts, but gets us exclusively together with therefore far ("necessary but non sufficient").

So, kudos to Mr Reilly for doing a great chore explaining the who together with when, together with (to the extent possible) the why.

But I'm calling a flag on this play::

"I sort of object to the "Pay Back".  It implies that the McGuires received something." [emphasis added]

Um, Peter?

That's because they did; there's no "implication" about it. Plain together with simple. No i "earns" a subsidy, they're "eligible" for it. They don't even out have to Pb hold it. This is the existent definition of "relying on the kindness of strangers:" they are tax dollars paid for past times thee together with me.

Or at to the lowest aeroplane me.

'Nuff said.