I received this mail yesterday:


I am a student with F1 visa status and filed both federal and state taxes for 2019 and 2020. I do have an external scholarship that includes a very good health insurance. I filed 540NR for 2020 CA tax, and the filing instructions I followed did not say anything about line 91 (health care coverage checkbox), which I skipped. I believe they thought I don't have a health insurance and enforced the penalty on me.

Is there a way to go about this? Shall I contact my insurance or just amend my 540NR? I appreciate the help!

  • "or just amend my 540NR"? That's what amendments are for...
    – RonJohn
    Aug 10, 2021 at 22:19
  • "and the filing instructions I followed did not say anything about line 91 (health care coverage checkbox), which I skipped" Which instructions were you looking at? The 2020 540NR booklet clearly has instructions for line 91.
    – user102008
    Aug 12, 2021 at 0:56
  • @user102008 the one given by the university. Looking at it now I can tell it was not updated and probably most students were not affected, only the ones with external insurance.
    – Mike
    Aug 12, 2021 at 1:33

1 Answer 1


Amend your taxes to calculate them correctly. Sign your amended return and send it off. Then attach a copy of the amended return to your response to the Notice you received.

Do all of this before the date of the deadline to respond to the Notice.

  • Don't forget to pay the balance as needed. Aug 11, 2021 at 15:57
  • Thank you so much for your response! I really appreciate it. To @R.Hamilton: thank you. But I don't know how much I really owe given that most of the penalty was for the health coverage. That is, I don't know how much I really owe when I subtract that amount. I will send them a mail or fax and see. Thank you again!
    – Mike
    Aug 12, 2021 at 0:19
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    When you do your amended taxes, you will see how much you owe, if any. However you did your taxes the first time, do them again when amending, but check the correct box. Could look for "free tax filing help" locally if you need it. Here's a discussion of the checkbox issue in TurboTax tax software: ttlc.intuit.com/community/taxes/discussion/… Here's the FTB guide to amending your return: ftb.ca.gov/file/after-you-file/amend-a-return/index.html Aug 13, 2021 at 16:12

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