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Although only those lacking coverage have to pay the penalty, everyone has to indicate their insurance coverage status on their filing. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that for the first time, tax returns filed electronically in 2018 will be rejected if they do not contain the information about whether the filer has coverage, including whether the filer is exempt from the individual mandate or will pay the tax penalty imposed by the law on those who don’t buy coverage.

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