Obamacare

Obamacare Expected to Make Tax Season Even More Interesting

See if you can figure out the new penalties and exemptions!

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There are dozens of ways to escape Obamacare's individual mandate tax — but good luck figuring that out come tax season.

Tens of millions of Americans can avoid the fee if they qualify for exemptions like hardship or living in poverty, but the convoluted process has some experts worried individuals will be tripped up by lost paperwork, the need to verify information with multiple sources and long delays that extend beyond tax season.

"It's not going to be pretty," said George Brandes, vice president of health care programs at Jackson Hewitt, a tax prep firm. "Just because you theoretically qualify for hardship, or another exemption, doesn't mean you're going to get it."