The IRS just announced that for the upcoming 2018 filing season, the IRS will not accept electronically filed tax returns until the taxpayer indicates whether they had coverage, had an exemption or will make a #shared_responsibility_payment. In addition, returns filed on paper that do not address the health coverage requirements may be suspended pending the receipt of additional information and any refunds may be delayed.
To avoid refund and processing delays when filing 2017 tax returns in 2018, taxpayers should indicate whether they and everyone on their return had coverage, qualified for an exemption from the coverage requirement or are making an individual shared responsibility payment. This process reflects the requirements of the #ACA and the IRS’s obligation to administer the health care law.
The 2018 filing season will be the first time the IRS will not accept tax returns that omit this information.