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2024 ACA Affordability Percentage Lowered

The IRS announced that the 2024 health plan affordability threshold—which is used to determine if an employer's lowest-premium health plan meets the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) affordability requirement—will be 8.39 percent of an employee's household income. That's down from this year's 9.12 percent figure. The information was detailed in IRS Rev. Proc. 2023-29, which was released last week. The 2024 threshold is a significant decrease from 2023, and it is the lowest affordability threshold since the ACA was implemented.

Revenue Procedure 2023-29
Affordability and Minimum Value

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