Submitted By: someone
Answered: June 18, 2018 10:50 pm

I’m unemployed with no health insurance. Will I owe a penalty because of the individual mandate?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ended the penalty for not having minimum essential health coverage starting in 2019 (not for 2018). However, an individual without coverage in 2018 may be able to escape the penalty by claiming an exemption. Some must be requested from CMS; others directly on the tax return. Check the IRS website (https://www.irs.gov/affordable-care-act/individuals-and-families/aca-individual-shared-responsibility-provision-exemptions) for more details.

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Accelerated cost recovery system (ACRS)

A statutory method of depreciation allowing accelerated rates for most types of property used in business and income-producing activities during the years 1981 through 1986. It has been superseded by the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS) for assets placed in service after 1986.

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