Benefit Connections    FAQ
Am I required to have health coverage?

Through tax year 2018, if anyone in the taxpayer’s tax household did not have minimum essential coverage, and did not qualify for a coverage exemption, the taxpayer needed to make an individual shared responsibility payment when filing a federal income tax return.

Enacted in December 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduced the shared responsibility payment to zero for tax year 2019 and all subsequent years. For January 1, 2019 and beyond, taxpayers are still required by law to have minimum essential coverage or qualify for a coverage exemption. However, under the TCJA, you no longer need to make a shared responsibility payment or file Form 8965 with your tax return if you don’t have minimum essential coverage for part or all of 2019.

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