The tax preparer is offering customers advice and estimates about what their insurance costs might be once changes kick in in 2014.
Los Angeles Times: Tax Help Comes With Health Insurance Advice
Derrick Bean filed his income taxes at an H&R Block office in Los Angeles this month, and the 26-year-old left with something unexpected: a price quote on federally subsidized health insurance. Using the information from his 2012 return, a tax advisor told the actor and waiter that he would qualify for significant government help and pay only about $65 a month in premiums under the federal healthcare law. If he skips coverage, H&R Block warned him, he faces a $95 tax penalty next year and $356 the following year (Terhune, 2/11).
Earlier KHN Coverage: Not Too Early To Plan For Health Taxes, H&R Block Says (Hancock, 1/14).