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Becoming the first agency to take action in response to President Trump’s executive order directing federal agencies “minimize…the economic and regulatory burdens of the Act”, the IRS has told tax preparers that it will not automatically reject individual returns that do not state whether or not the filer had health coverage.

Although at first blush, accepting such “silent” returns would appear to be a loosening of the enforcement of the ACA’s individual mandate, this is not actually a change in policy, as the agency accepted and processed over 4 million silent returns last year.

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