November 29, 2017 10:30 pm

Individual Mandate and Your 2017 Tax Return

The IRS has said  (https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/aca-information-center-for-tax-professionals) that it will not accept electronically filed returns for processing during the 2018 filing season (2017 returns) if the taxpayer fails to comply with the individual mandate. This means doing any of the following:

  • Checking the box to indicate having health coverage for the full year.
  • Claiming an exemption from the individual mandate. This requires filing Form 8965, Health Coverage Exemptions.
  • Making an individual responsibility payment. This is figured using the worksheets in the instructions to Form 8965.

The IRS did not do this for 2016 returns. However, as it reviews 2016 returns that have been filed, it may send letters to taxpayers who did not indicate they had coverage, were exempt, or paid the penalty.

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Tax Glossary

Mortgage interest

Fully deductible interest on up to two residences if acquisition debt secured by a home is $1 million or less, and home equity debt is $100,000 or less.

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