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You Still Have to Pay a Tax Penalty for No Health Insurance in 2018

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    Maybe this is not news to most people, but for whatever reason when I read about the Trump administration's changes to the tax code I was under the impression the penalty for not complying with the ACA individual mandate was no longer in effect starting 1/1/18. That's incorrect, it's actually 1/1/2019.

    The ACA individual mandate is that part of the Obamacare legislation that says if you opt-out of having any kind of health insurance and don't qualify for any exceptions for not having it (like you prove you can't afford it, etc) then you have to pay a monthly tax penalty. That's due when you file your taxes.

    And the penalty can really add up. And it was an unpleasant surprise when I realized since I didn't have health insurance in 2018 I would still be on the hook for the penalty. It actually goes away for 2019 filing.

    This is besides the point of my feelings if this change is a good thing or not. I am still torn on that. But for any of us that for any number of reasons decided they can forgo health insurance for a full year, this is important to know as tax filing is upon us.

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    They definitely did this on purpose, perhaps to cover some sort of oversight in 2018. I would say that it's truly a possibility. Either way, it goes to show how much the government can really be a money pit for tax payers, especially for those who are put between a rock and a hard place such as this. No telling how many people this caught off-guard. Having no anticipation for such a thing could really make or break you during tax season.
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    JFoster Wrote: They definitely did this on purpose, perhaps to cover some sort of oversight in 2018. I would say that it's truly a possibility. Either way, it goes to show how much the government can really be a money pit for tax payers, especially for those who are put between a rock and a hard place such as this. No telling how many people this caught off-guard. Having no anticipation for such a thing could really make or break you during tax season.
    I mean, I get the penalty. They enforced it as a stop gap to pay for the ACA for those that didn't want to enroll like myself. If you could simply opt-out with no penalty, it wouldn't work. Which makes me real curious to see how the ACA fairs going forward with Trump pulling the provision.
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    JFoster Wrote: They definitely did this on purpose, perhaps to cover some sort of oversight in 2018. I would say that it's truly a possibility. Either way, it goes to show how much the government can really be a money pit for tax payers, especially for those who are put between a rock and a hard place such as this. No telling how many people this caught off-guard. Having no anticipation for such a thing could really make or break you during tax season.
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    Skeet Wrote:
    JFoster Wrote: They definitely did this on purpose, perhaps to cover some sort of oversight in 2018. I would say that it's truly a possibility. Either way, it goes to show how much the government can really be a money pit for tax payers, especially for those who are put between a rock and a hard place such as this. No telling how many people this caught off-guard. Having no anticipation for such a thing could really make or break you during tax season.
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    J.K.Logic Wrote:

    Maybe this is not news to most people, but for whatever reason when I read about the Trump administration's changes to the tax code I was under the impression the penalty for not complying with the ACA individual mandate was no longer in effect starting 1/1/18. That's incorrect, it's actually 1/1/2019.

    The ACA individual mandate is that part of the Obamacare legislation that says if you opt-out of having any kind of health insurance and don't qualify for any exceptions for not having it (like you prove you can't afford it, etc) then you have to pay a monthly tax penalty. That's due when you file your taxes.

    And the penalty can really add up. And it was an unpleasant surprise when I realized since I didn't have health insurance in 2018 I would still be on the hook for the penalty. It actually goes away for 2019 filing.

    This is besides the point of my feelings if this change is a good thing or not. I am still torn on that. But for any of us that for any number of reasons decided they can forgo health insurance for a full year, this is important to know as tax filing is upon us.

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