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What is the Penalty for not Purchasing Health Insurance

For those on the fence, here are the penalties for not purchasing health insurance coverage This is vital information for those who are on the fence about whether they should purchase coverage or not. Beginning in 2020, the California individual mandate required that all California residents maintain minimum essential health coverage (MEC) for each month of the year. If you haven’t had health insurance for whatever reason, it’s important to understand the penalties for what happens down the line when filing taxes. While this is focusing on Californians, individuals in states across the country could be affected in similar ways. IS HEALTH INSURANCE REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?: People might wonder why the U.S. government emphasizes health insurance. In summary, there are two primary reasons to have health insurance: • Health insurance supports you if you get sick • Health insurance helps you avoid getting sick to begin with Health Insurance Supports

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Here’s what you need to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit

Learn what determines tax credits eligibility (and non-eligibility) to help pay for your health insurance If you want guidance on how to pay for your health insurance, it might be helpful to know if you qualify for tax credit and what counts as income according to the Earned Income Tax Credit Eligibility (EITC). Here are some quick facts about the earned income tax credit: For the 2021 tax year (the tax return you’ll file in 2022), the earned income credit ranges from $1,502 to $6,728depending on your filing status and how many children you have. You can use either your 2019 income or 2021 income to calculate your EITC — you might opt to use whichever number gets you the bigger EITC. (In general, the less you earn, the larger the credit.)Be sure to ask your tax preparer to run the numbers both ways. You don’t have to have a

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