Based on your entries in a return, you may be prompted to enter an amount for a self-employed health insurance deduction adjustment. This entry is necessary due to the calculations detailed on pages 56-72 of IRS Publication 974, Premium Tax Credit (PTC). The actual calculation for the self-employed health insurance deduction adjustment is automatically done by the program. The IRS instructions, including the worksheets, are also found in IRS Publication 974 for reference.
It is common for Worksheets W and X to be used in the calculation and then the Iterative Calculation Method to be utilized (including the calculations in the Step 3 and Step 5 worksheets). As explained in the instructions for Step 6 (page 63 of Pub 974), you must repeat Steps 4 and 5 until the changes in both the self-employed health insurance deduction and the total PTC between the steps are less than $1.00. This involves multiple loops in the worksheet calculations to arrive at the final deduction adjustment and is the reason the user must enter the amount. The calculations done in the program are all according to the IRS instructions.
You are prompted to enter the self-employed health insurance deduction adjustment on a screen in the Federal Q&A Interview when completing the Premium Tax Credit section (see the navigation steps to that screen below). In the event you do not utilize the Q&A Interview, an Alert is generated to prompt you to make the entry before filing the return.
To enter or review the information on the screen titled Health Insurance - PTC - Self-Employed Health Insurance Deduction Adjustment:
To view the worksheets that perform the calculations, follow these steps:
Note: If you see a message indicating you have not paid your return fees, click the View/Pay link, which will direct you through the Paper Filing steps. Continue through the screens until you have processed the payment for your product fees and then repeat the steps to print.