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Louisiana Insurance and Revenue departments give rebate and health care tax tips

The amount of unclaimed Citizens rebates from 2011 to 2014. (Source: Louisiana Department of Insurance) The amount of unclaimed Citizens rebates from 2011 to 2014. (Source: Louisiana Department of Insurance)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Departments of Insurance and Revenue are offering their help for this tax season.

In a press conference, the two departments explained how to claim the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Rebate. They also talked about new tax penalties stemming from the Affordable Care Act.

"Tax filing time is one of the easiest times to claim your Citizens rebate," said Commissioner Donelon. He notes that the Citizens rebate can be claimed by anyone who pays property insurance. This includes homeowners, renters, and business owners.

However, Donelon claims that two-thirds of the nearly $240 million set aside for Citizens rebates were not claimed.

Officials say that people can claim their rebates from 2011 through 2014 by finding the amount of their assessment rebate on the declaration page of their property insurance policy. Once that is found, a claim can be made by going to www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline.

"Claim only the Citizens assessment, not the total insurance premium." says Tax Audit Specialist Kent LaPlace "If you have more than one property on which you are claiming the rebate, send in a single rebate form for all properties each year rather than a separate rebate form for each property."

People who prefer to mail a physical form can do so at the Louisiana Department of Insurance's website at www.ldi.la.gov.

The Department of Insurance will be giving more information on the rebates at the Habitat Home Expo from March 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Baton Rouge River Center.

Also covered at the press conference were the tax penalties for those not having health insurance in 2014. Those who did not have health coverage last year will pay the higher amount of:

either 1% of their yearly household income, with a maximum of about $2,400 for an individual, or $12,000 for a family of five, which is the average premium for an affordable health care Bronze Plan.

OR

$95 per person for the year, with that amount being halfed for each child under 18. The maximum penalty for this method is $285 dollars.

Those who did not have health insurance in 2014 can claim an exemption if they could not afford it. A list of exemptions and more information on penalties can be found on www.healthcare.gov/taxes

More information can be found at http://www.ldi.louisiana.gov/consumers/citizens-rebate.

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