IRS says it won't require filers to answer health insurance questions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — In the latest response to Trump administration orders scaling back the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service will accept returns from filers who don't answer questions related to their health insurance coverage.

Current tax forms ask filers whether they had health coverage in the previous year in order to determine if they must pay a financial penalty or seek an exemption. The IRS previously announced that starting this year, it would reject returns that didn't include that information.

Now, however, the IRS said it will accept the returns.

"The recent executive order directed federal agencies to exercise authority and discretion available to them to reduce potential burden," the IRS said in a statement to Reason. "Consistent with that, the IRS has decided to make changes that would continue to allow electronic and paper returns to be accepted for processing in instances where a taxpayer doesn't indicate their coverage status."

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