Massachusetts Publishes Technical Information Release 18-2, Individual Mandate Penalties for 2018

February 20, 2018 Tom Hospod

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has released TIR 18-2, which contains the penalty schedule for individuals who fail to obtain health insurance in 2018, as mandated by Massachusetts law. Individuals who are able to afford health insurance coverage, but fail to obtain it, will be subject to penalties for each month of noncompliance. Penalties will be imposed on each noncompliant individual’s income tax return. The Massachusetts mandate, reporting obligations, and penalties are still in effect notwithstanding the repeal of the federal individual mandate in last year’s tax reform bill.

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Tom Hospod

Tom Hospod is a member of the Tax Research Team for the Direct Tax division at Sovos Compliance, where his main areas of focus are Tax Withholding and Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI). Prior to Sovos, Tom worked as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He also has experience in securities law—focusing on broker-dealer disputes and representing clients in FINRA arbitration. Tom is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, earned his B.A. from Boston College and his J.D. from the University of Miami.

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