"no one is ever penalized for not having health insurance coverage. You only have to say that you couldn't afford it in your area, in your place of work, etc" That is completely wrong and illegal. The penalty certainly applies, and unless you meet the specific criteria of 'not affordable', you can't lie and say you meet that exemption.
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To enter the 1099-MISC so that it does not prompt a Schedule C, take the following steps:
In your Federal return, choose the tab for Wages & Income
Tab through or scroll down to Other Common Income (you may have to choose Add more income and then See more income to view this topic) and then Show More
Start/Revisit Form 1099-MISC
Edit the 1099-MISC if you already entered it, or Add it now and enter the information on the form, then Continue.
On the screen Describe the reason for this 1099-MISC enter your description.
On the screen Does one of these uncommon situations apply? choose None of these apply.
On the screen Did the [Description] involve work that's like [Name's] main job? answer No.
On the next screen, choose the year you received the money. (In this case, 2018.)
On the screen Did the [Description] involve an intent to earn money? choose No and complete the interview.
This will place the 1099-MISC on Form 1040, Schedule 1, Line 21.
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