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Tax penalties for non-compliance of healthcare coverage requirements

There’s a tax penalty for non-compliance if you are required to have coverage. The penalty starts off pretty small and can vary depending on your income. See the table below for a breakdown of the amounts.

Annual tax penalties
Year Penalty amount
2014 $95 – $285
2015 $325 – $975
2016 $695 – $2,085

Remember, these are the annual penalties; you’ll pay less if you have coverage during some months of the year. There are no civil or criminal penalties associated with the health care coverage penalty, no interest will accrue and no liens or seizures will be imposed; however, the IRS will take the penalty out of your refund.

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