Originally posted by @eladar
The tax returns will be filed in 2019. Seems to me that the year in which the taxes are paid should be the year the charge is made.
From what I read you don't need to provide proof of insurance anyhow, just claim to have it.
I really wouldn't advise lying on a tax return:
Tax fraud is a federal crime with serious consequences and a crime that rarely stays hidden. Between the IRS’s audit computers and the Whistleblower program, high dollar tax fraud is nearly impossible to hide. Low dollar tax fraud sometimes can be hidden for a time, but eventually most people get caught. Filing a fraudulent return can result in fines up to $250,000 for an individual or $500,000 for a corporation and up to 3 years in jail along with the cost of prosecution for high dollar tax fraud. For lower dollar tax fraud you can face penalties of as much as $5000.00 or 100% of the unpaid tax. If the IRS is charging you with high dollar tax fraud, you must hire an attorney and be prepared for a long, difficult and humiliating process.
Keep in mind that the IRS is not out to get responsible tax payers. In fact, in order to be found guilty of filing a fraudulent tax return the IRS must prove that you: “Willfully makes and subscribes any return, statement, or other document, which contains or is verified by a written declaration that is made under the penalties of perjury, and which he does not believe to be true and correct as to every material matter.” (Title 26 USC § 7206(1)) In other words, you must intentionally and knowingly lie on your taxes or other tax related documents.
I don't know your income level but it is probable that most taxpayers will get some tax relief. This is in line with SOP for Republican tax cuts like Reagan's and Bush's; dole out a few extra dollars a week to the average American while saving the big guys millions.