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Hope this is the right forum for ACA planning w/r/t tax planning to possibly qualify for a subsidy.

Me: retired early, living off investment assets pay 100% own healthcare.

I'm just beginning to research this and am finding conflicting info.

Since the subsidies seem to be based on modified AGI and have nothing to do with assets, one strategy for me that (all else being equal) might make sense is to book a lot of cap gains in 2013 and work to keep all cap gains, interest & dividends really low for 2014+. For a family w/ me +2 dependents, I might angle to keep 2014+ MAGI below $45k or so to gain a decent healthcare subsidy. [Hey, I didn't make the rules.]

However, my 2013 MAGI is going to be huge and if that tax return is submitted at any stage in the process, it might effect my eligibility for the subsidies. Could this ruin my evil plan, or will it all come out in the wash in 2014 if I only book $45k+/- as planned w/ my 2013 number just a historical anomaly?

TIA as always,
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