My sister came to U.S on September 2014. I am supporting her fully till she finds a job. I am claiming her on my 2014 tax return. However, I have been asked to pay for obamacare fee (penalty) although she was not here for the open enrollment of obamacare. Does she qualify for an exemption? Should she have had insurance?


She qualifies for a Hardship exemption due to moving assuming she is a legal resident of the US. She should have applied for the hardship exemption upon moving. Just simply make sure she is covered during open enrollment which goes until February 15, 2015. You still have time.

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