IRS to Block Returns Missing Obamacare Info

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Oct 20, 2017

The IRS said it will be suspending or blocking any return filed for the 2017 tax year that is missing information about the taxpayer's health insurance status. Taxpayers must indicate whether they had coverage, an exemption or will make a shared responsibility payment. Additionally, returns filed on paper that do not address health coverage requirements might get suspended pending the receipt of additional information, and any refunds may be delayed. 

"‎Taxpayers remain obligated to follow the law and pay what they may owe at the point of filing‎. The 2018 filing season will be the first time the IRS will not accept tax returns that omit this information. After a review of our process and discussions with the National Taxpayer Advocate, the IRS has determined identifying omissions and requiring taxpayers to provide health coverage information at the point of filing makes it easier for the taxpayer to successfully file a tax return and minimizes related refund delays," said the IRS. 

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