This seems to be a sticky situation for the beginning of the year, and although it is a pressure point for President Trump, it seems to me that it causes undue complications during the height of the tax season.

For instance, the IRS requires all previous year taxes to be filed by April 15th, but taxes can be filed as soon as the W-2 (or equivalent) is given. Due to the individual mandate, taxes are being taken as a penalty.

If the ACA individual mandate is repealed, how will that affect someone who has already filed (and paid) on their taxes?

  • You can get apply for tax returns for several years I understand. And do you expect them to make a repeal retroactive?
    – user9389
    Mar 21, 2017 at 22:20
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    @notstoreboughtdirt I don't expect anything, I'm curious as to the budget repercussions of repeal. Less tax income means projections will need to be revised, and that may affect other legislation as well.
    – Anoplexian
    Mar 21, 2017 at 22:30
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    You're filing last year's taxes. Anything happening this year won't be applicable.
    – user1530
    Mar 22, 2017 at 0:36
  • The comment reads like you care about effect on the government, but the question seems centered on the effect on people.
    – user9389
    Mar 22, 2017 at 15:30
  • @notstoreboughtdirt To an extent, it's both. Taxes are levied from the people and given to the government. It's not so much a question on "effect on people" vs "effect on government", rather its a question on "the effect reduced taxes have".
    – Anoplexian
    Mar 22, 2017 at 19:59

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If the IRS is requiring a PREVIOUS year's taxes to be filed by mid-April of the following year, then a repeal, which would be effective at a current or future date, should not affect the taxes for the previous tax year.

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