DHHS offers tax-filing support

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Photo by U.S. Army News Service  This year, those filing taxes in Hawaii will be asked to provide information regarding their health insurance. The Department of Health and Human Services provides resources to help consumers navigate their taxes.

Photo by U.S. Army News Service
This year, those filing taxes in Hawaii will be asked to provide information regarding their health insurance. The Department of Health and Human Services provides resources to help consumers navigate their taxes.

U.S.Department of Health and Human Services
News Release

In preparation for the 2015 tax filing season, which officially begins next week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a fact sheet detailing information Hawaii tax filers need to know as they prepare to file their federal returns.

This tax season marks the first time individuals and families in Hawaii will be asked to provide basic information regarding their health insurance on their tax returns.

Consumers may have questions about this new process, and the administration is committed to providing the information and tools tax filers need to understand the new requirements.

In the coming weeks, the administration will continue to provide additional resources to help consumers prepare for tax filing season, including online tools to help individuals connect with local tax preparation services and determine if they are eligible for an exemption.

For more information about this effort – or to request an interview with an official from the Department of Health and Human Services, contact press@cms.hhs.gov or call (202) 690-6145.

 

The Fact Sheet

Here are some comments in the Health Coverage and Federal Income Taxes fact sheet.

While the vast majority of tax filers – over three quarters – will just need to check a box on their tax return indicating they had health coverage for all of 2014.

These people met the Minimum Essential Coverage requirement, which means that they had the basic health coverage necessary to meet the Affordable Care Act’s standards. These individuals and families will not receive any new forms in the mail, and they will not be required to fill out new forms when they file their 2014 income tax returns.

People who purchased coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, or who decided not to enroll in coverage, should be aware of the additional steps that will be a part of the tax filing process starting this year.

(Note: This information was issued Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)

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