Why You Still Have to Report Your Health Insurance on Your 2018 Taxes

When tax reform was passed, one of the major changes in Okeechobee, FL and elsewhere was the reversal of the required Obamacare health insurance requirement. However, despite tax reform passing and implementing significant changes in a number of tax areas, there is still a lot of confusion about how it "recalled" the health insurance requirement.

First, the health insurance requirement and its related reporting are still in place as law in 2018. That means you, the average taxpayer in Okeechobee, FL, will get a tax penalty if you report that you have no health insurance coverage when you file your 2018 income taxes in April or Fall 2019 (assuming a tax extension is used). The tax reform changes made the withdrawal of the coverage requirement effective in the 2019 tax year versus immediately. For those employed by a company or agency as an employee worker, nothing has changed, and the new law had no noticeable impact. However, for independent contractors, business owners, freelancers, and consultants, the coverage requirement still applies.

Failure to have health insurance, confirmed by reported to the IRS, will result in a tax penalty that either increases your taxes due or reduces your tax refund for the 2018 tax year. It’s a sizable one too; the cost could range from $695 to as high as $2,085 per individual, depending on 2.5 percent of household income.

If you want to avoid this headache, it’s not too late to prevent this nasty tax surprise. Give the folks at Pritchards and Associates, Inc. a call or email to get a personal policy started. Pritchards and Associates, Inc. can work with a number of providers to match your specific needs and get you in a good place with your tax return before the year ends.