If you qualify for a health coverage exemption, you don’t have to pay the fee for the months you didn’t have health coverage.
Below are health coverage exemptions for the 2016 tax year.
- You can claim most exemptions when you file your 2016 federal income tax return.
- In a few cases you need to fill out an application and mail it to the Marketplace. These are marked “application required” below.
Exemptions, forms, and how to apply
Follow the links below for exemption details, application forms, and instructions.
Health coverage-related exemptions
- You’re incarcerated (serving a term in prison or jail). Get forms and details for the incarceration exemption.
- You’re a U.S. citizen living abroad, a certain type of non-citizen, or not lawfully present. (Learn more about the definition of “lawfully present.”) Get forms and details for the U.S. citizen abroad exemption or the non-citizen exemption.
- A member of your tax household was born or adopted during the year. This exemption applies only to the month of the event and the month before. You can claim this exemption only if you’re also claiming another exemption.
- A member of your tax household died during the year. This exemption applies only to the month of the death and the month before. You can claim this exemption only if you’re also claiming another exemption.