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How Does the Inflation Reduction Act Impact Consumers? By Scott Montgomery

On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which represents the largest investment the country has ever made to fight climate change. Also included in the $430 billion spending-and-tax package are provisions intended to reduce consumers’ healthcare costs, lower the federal deficit and bolster the IRS’s taxpayer support services and compliance efforts. Following is a brief overview of some of these provisions impacting consumers.

Extends and Introduces New Tax Credits for Clean Energy Use

The new law incentives consumers to reduce their carbon footprint and adopt clean-energy solutions via the extension and introduction of a series of tax credits and rebates. It is important for taxpayers to recognize, however, that the availability of some of these credits is subject to limitations, based on such factors as the taxpayers’ modified adjusted gross income. Some of these credits include:

Lowers Health Care Costs

The new law gives Medicare the power to negotiate the costs of prescription drugs directly with pharmaceutical companies. For example, beginning in 2023, seniors with Medicare Part D coverage will pay no more than $35 per month for insulin. Moreover, the annual out-of-pocket costs for these seniors will be capped at $2,000 beginning in 2025.

For Americans who buy health insurance coverage on federal and state exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act, the bill extends for three years expiring healthcare subsidies that have kept out-of-pocket plan premiums at a minimum.

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About the Author: Scott Montgomery is a director with Provenance Wealth Advisors, an Independent Registered Investment Advisor affiliated with Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs, and a registered representative with Raymond James Financial Services. For more information, call (954) 712-8888 or email

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Posted on September 1, 2022