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My husband took off and now I can't get a health insurance subsidy

Q. I am married, no kids, and my husband took off three years ago. I have no idea where to find him so I can get a divorce. I've been filing my taxes as "married but filing separately" and have found out that unless I file jointly I can't get financial assistance with my health insurance premium. What am I supposed to do?A. As you have already discovered, the IRS has made it crystal-clear that under the rules of the new health care law, anyone who is married must file a joint 2014 tax return with a spouse in order to qualify for tax credits to lower the cost of health insurance.If you had children, you could get the tax credits by exercising your option of filing as "head of household" as long as the kids lived with you more than half the year, you paid more than half the household expenses, and were living apart from your husband for the last six months of the year.But without kids, your only recourse is to get a divorce, which turns out to be possible even if your husband is nowhere ...

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