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I have an individual health insurance plan because it is cheaper than getting health insurance through DH's employer. I just received a rebate check. Evidently, insurers have to spend 80% of premiums each year on health care and if they don't, they have to rebate the appropriate amount to make the 80%, so the rebate is for 2011 premiums paid.

There is a short FAQ at the end of the cover letter and the last questions is whether the rebate is taxable. The answer is: "Please consult your tax advisor, as situations vary."

I think that because I paid the premiums in after-tax dollars, that the rebate isn't taxable to me. It's just a return of my after-tax money. I don't itemize, so the taxes on the money have already been paid.

Is this correct?

Barbara
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Is this correct?

For you, yes. It is not taxable.

Had you been itemizing AND claiming this health insurance as a medical expense, then the refund would have been taxable to the extent it reduced your taxes in a prior year.

--Peter
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One more comment for completeness.

You don't happen to be self-employed and deducting your health insurance premiums through that mechanism? If so, then the refund would be taxable. If you're not self-employed, then again the refund is tax-free.

--Peter
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That's Obamacare kicking in...the rebates.
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Thanks, Peter. That's was I thought. I'm not deducting the premiums any where on my taxes.

Barbara
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