TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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What health care penalty exemptions can you claim if you had another situation that kept you from getting health insurance?

The new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, requires that you either have health insurance or pay a penalty on your taxes, unless you qualify for an exemption based on your situation.

Exemptions you can claim if you had another situation that kept you from getting health insurance:

  • Had a family member pass away, you can qualify for a preliminary penalty waiver on your taxes.
  • Were caring for an ill, disabled or aging family member, you can qualify for a preliminary penalty waiver on your taxes.
  • Suffered domestic violence, you can qualify for a preliminary penalty waiver on your taxes.
  • Had a dependent that someone else was required to insure, you can qualify for a preliminary penalty waiver on your taxes.
  • Served in AmeriCorps (State, National, VISTA or NCCC), you can qualify for a preliminary penalty waiver on your taxes.
  • Were a member of a religious sect opposed to insurance, you can qualify for a preliminary penalty waiver on your taxes.

If you get a preliminary waiver on your taxes, you’ll need to complete an exemption application and submit it to the Marketplace after your taxes are filed.

When you do your taxes with TurboTax, we’ll check if you or anyone on your tax return who was uninsured had a situation to qualify for an exemption. If so, we’ll waive the tax penalty, and then once your taxes are filed, you'll need to fill out the exemption application at Healthcare.gov

In your TurboTax program's search box, enter "ECN" and click on the "Jump to" link in the search results, to go directly to the healthcare section. Answer the interview questions, including the reason for your penalty exemption.


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