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fadriano14
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Should the CA Health Insurance Penalty calculator leave no-penalty and mark the following months as Covered, after a month that was selected as Out of the Country?

It seems that the CA Penalty calculator incorrectly marks months as covered, after a month was marked as Out of the country. Example: I did not have coverage any month of the year. If I select that I was out of the country on September, the last table shows as C (I think it means Covered) for October, Nov and Dec and shows a penalty of $0.0 for each of those monts. And if I don't mark Sept as Out of the country, the last table shows Oct, Nov and Dec as "Not covered" and shows the corresponding Penalty. I think your software still has a bug calculating the penalty and my CA return was rejected twice because of your errors, please TurboTax fix this.
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LenaH
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Should the CA Health Insurance Penalty calculator leave no-penalty and mark the following months as Covered, after a month that was selected as Out of the Country?

You would not owe a penalty for the last three months. The exemption code C means there is a short coverage gap of 3 months or less.

 

Per the State of California, you will have to pay a penalty, the Individual Shared Responsibility Penalty, when you file your state tax return if:

  • You did not have health coverage
  • You were not eligible for an exemption from coverage for any month of the year.

To confirm your penalty is correct, you can input your data into California's Estimated Penalty Amount

 

fadriano14
New Member

Should the CA Health Insurance Penalty calculator leave no-penalty and mark the following months as Covered, after a month that was selected as Out of the Country?

Lena,

 

I think you did not understand the question, or probably the wording of the question is too confusing.

Let me explain that I´m a software Quality Assurance Engineer and I find "defects" in software for a living.
Why wouldn't I owe a penalty for the last 3 months if I DID NOT have coverage and I should have had it? And why would the Exemption or Status of the last 3 months be affected by changing another month? (did you read the entire wording of my question?)


Please I'm trying to report a defect in the logic of the penalty calculator, I entered this question, not because I don't understand that I need to pay the penalty, I entered this question because TurboTax did not allow me to talk to a human agent that can actually help and report this bug to the TurboTax software development team. I hoped that this would be a way to get some visibility on this issue that I'm sure is affecting other people too, causing errors and making the CA returns to be rejected.

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