If you are under the age of 65 and plan to try to get Medicaid, Dr. Dynasaur or other help with health care costs through Vermont Health Connect in future years, filing a tax return can make the process easier and faster. You may benefit from filing a return even if you do not need to pay taxes.
You cannot qualify for Premium Tax Credits if your tax filing status is Married Filing Separately, unless you are a victim of domestic violence* or you are an abandoned spouse. Abandoned spouse means that you are married, but you don’t know where your spouse is.
*Under the IRS rule, domestic abuse includes physical, psychological, sexual, or emotional abuse, including efforts to control, isolate, humiliate, and intimidate, or to undermine the victim’s ability to reason independently. The IRS considers all facts and circumstances in determining whether an individual is abused.
Domestic violence victims and abandoned spouses will need to call Vermont Health Connect at 1-855-899-9600 to apply for the Premium Tax Credits.