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Can I get a health insurance penalty exemption in 2018?

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (aka Tax Reform) didn't eliminate the Affordable Care Act penalty until tax year 2019. The ACA penalty still applied to 2017 and 2018 returns.

If you tell us you didn't have health insurance coverage or only had it for part of 2018, we'll check to see if you had a situation that qualifies for a penalty exemption. If so, we'll help you get the penalty waived.

There are several types of exemptions to the health insurance penalty, including income-related exemptions, hardship exemptions and others.

To see if you qualify for an exemption:

  1. Open or continue your tax return.
  2. Search for ecn (use lower case) and select the Jump to link in the search result.
  3. This brings you to the Health Insurance section.

Answer the questions and we'll let you know if you or anyone else on your taxes are eligible for an exemption from the penalty. We'll also tell you what you need to do next.

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