How to Avoid 2017 Tax Refund Delays

posted by Stacie Brass on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

For the upcoming 2018 filing season (filing 2017 tax returns):

  • The IRS will not accept electronically filed tax returns where the taxpayer does not certify whether the individual had health insurance for the year; and 
  • Paper returns that do not certify compliance with the individual mandate may be suspended pending receipt of additional information, and any refunds due 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 health coverage, qualified for an exemption or are paying an individual mandate penalty. This process reflects the ACA’s requirements and the IRS’s
obligation to administer the law.

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