Failure to enroll in health insurance could cause tax penalty

BIRMINGHAM Ala. (WIAT) — It’s the law, it’s mandatory and from the beginning, the landmark healthcare law has been controversial.

When enrollment began on October first last year, 134,329 Alabamians were eligible for the plan.

As of March 1, a little more than 55,000 of those have picked a plan and enrolled.

Anyone who is one of the estimated 79,000 still not enrolled will want to know that the deadline is midnight Monday.

The Affordable Care Act has made healthcare a tax issue,  because if you don’t have health insurance you could face a tax penalty.

H&R Block’s Sherry Robinson has prepared taxes for almost forty years. She has been discussing the affordable care act with many customers.

Reminding them that tax penalties for not having healthcare insurance go into effect in 2015.

Robinson says the penalty will only affect people who are required to file a tax return and it’s based upon your income.

“We take a little bit of flack because we try to explain it sometimes but we’re just the messengers,” Robinson says.

Tax customer James Turnsbow says the 2015 penalty date was a complete surprise.

“I don’t think people realize that , I know I didn’t realize that, so I knew it was going into effect but when and how much I’m unaware,” Turnsbow said.

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