One of the questions we got at USTaxAid.com following my webinar “Cracking the Code on Obamacare Insurance” was regarding the exemptions. There is a religious exemption, but who exactly is exempted?
Question: “What religions are exempt from Obamacare? I understand they are Christian Scientists, Scientologists, and Muslims as well as Amish & Mennonites. Where is this listed? Thanks.”
The IRS spells out the recognized religious sect or division exemption at Internal Revenue Code Section 1402(g)(1).
This codes says a person is exempt from Obamacare requirements if he is a member of a recognized religious sect or division and adheres to established tenets or teachings that state this he is conscientiously opposed to accepting benefits of any private or public insurance. This includes, but is not limited to, refusing payments in the event of death, disability, old-age or retirement. This religious organization has to have also been in continuous existence since December 31, 1950 and the Commissioner of Social Security must agree that your sect has the established tenets or teachings consistent with opposition to medical benefits.
To my knowledge, only the Amish religion meets these requirements.