IRS will not accept returns without health coverage for 2018 filing season

The IRS recently announced that it‎ will not accept electronically filed tax returns where the taxpayer does not address the health coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act for the upcoming 2018 filing season. The return must indicate whether the taxpayer had coverage, had an exemption, or had no coverage. Tax returns filed on paper that don’t address the health coverage requirements may be suspended pending the receipt of additional information and any refunds may be delayed.

In previous tax seasons the IRS has held up processing of tax returns that didn’t have the health care coverage box checked, but the 2018 filing season will be the first time it will prevent the returns from being processed.