The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today put out a plea for consumers and their tax preparers to look on HealthCare.gov for advice about exemptions from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) individual mandate penalty.
PPACA now requires many individuals who failed to have minimum essential coverage (MEC) throughout 2014 to pay a penalty equal to at least $95, and 1 percent of income, up to a maximum of $2,448 per individual, or $12,240 per “shared responsibility family.”
IRS officials noted, near the bottom of their notice, that taxpayers can get some exemptions simply by filling out special tax forms, or even by checking boxes on the tax forms they usually file, but that a taxpayer has to go through the local state exchange to get an “exemption certificate number” (ECN)
In other words: Some exemptions are much more exempt than others.
Some may require individuals who want an exemption mainly because they hate the thought of dealing with a PPACA exchange to go through an unusual exchange review process that may seem somewhat strange and confusing even for the exchange personnel responsible for processing the application.