Including Your Adult Child on Your ACA Insurance: Tax Implications

Navigating health insurance can be challenging, especially when considering dependents. This blog explores the tax implications of adding your adult child to your ACA insurance plan, inspired by a recent post.

Income Considerations

If you include your adult child on your ACA insurance plan, their income will be counted towards your household income when calculating your premium tax credit, also known as the Advanced Premium Tax Credit (APTC). This credit helps reduce the cost of your monthly premiums.

However, if your child’s income is too high, it may reduce or eliminate your eligibility for the APTC. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has income limits that determine eligibility for premium tax credits.

Tax Filing

If your child is not a tax dependent, you cannot claim them on your taxes. Therefore, their income will not be included in your household income when calculating your APTC.

On the other hand, if your child is a tax dependent, you will need to include their gross income on your tax return, which will affect your APTC eligibility.

Other Considerations

Age: You can keep your adult child on your ACA insurance plan until they turn 26, regardless of their employment or insurance status.
Reporting Changes: If your child’s income changes throughout the year, you must report it to the Health Insurance Marketplace ( to ensure accurate subsidy calculations.
Separate Applications: If your child is not a tax dependent and earns more than the IRS income limits, you will need to apply for separate ACA insurance plans.

Consulting a Licensed Agent

Navigating ACA insurance can be complex. To ensure you make informed decisions, consider consulting with a licensed health insurance agent. They can help you understand your options and provide personalized guidance based on your specific situation.

Remember: The information provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used as tax or legal advice. Always consult with a qualified professional for personalized advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

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