Prior to 2019, if you failed to maintain adequate health insurance coverage, you could be assessed a penalty on your tax return. This penalty was based on your income and could be quite expensive if you went two or months without health care coverage.

According to, starting in 2019 the “Individual Shared Responsibility Penalty” is going away. This was a change made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Keep in mind, some states still have an individual mandate in place for state taxes. If you live in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont or Washington D.C. and don’t maintain adequate coverage for you and your family, you still may have to pay a tax penalty with your state tax return.

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