January 6, 2016
Below is an overview of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) related forms and the new information forms that all individuals who had health insurance in 2015 will receive during this coming filing season.
New Information Forms for the Upcoming 2016 Filing Season
There will be two new ACA related information forms that all taxpayers who had health insurance during 2015 will be receiving towards the end of March or early April of this coming filing season.
Since these two new information forms will be received late in the filing season, it is important to emphasize that they are for informational purposes only and are not needed to complete an individual’s 2015 federal tax return. Their purpose is to show individuals that they had health insurance during 2015, who was covered by their policy, and how many months they had coverage. They are essentially their proof that they had coverage during the year.
Form 1095-B (Health Coverage)
All individuals who had health insurance during 2015 will receive a Form 1095-B (Health Coverage) around the end of March 2016 from the insurance company that provided them coverage.
The Form 1095-B will give the individual policy holder the following information:
Form 1095-C (Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage)
All individuals that received health insurance from a company that had 50 or more full-time employees will receive a Form 1095-C (Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) around the end of March 2016.
The Form 1095-C will inform the employee of the following information:
It is also important to remember that none of the information on these two information returns is entered on the 2015 federal tax return. Therefore, it is not necessary for individuals to have received either of these two information forms in order to complete and file their 2015 federal tax return.
This is especially true for taxpayers who file in the early part of the filing season. Since they will not have received either the Form 1095-B or 1095-C, it is important to reiterate that the taxpayer may still file their 2015 federal tax return.
See the Questions and Answers about Health Care Information Forms for Individuals (Forms 1095-A, 1095-B, and 1095-C) on the IRS website for more information about the Forms 1095-B and 1095-C.
Affordable Care Act Related Forms
Below are the 2015 federal individual forms that are related to the Affordable Care Act:
This information return will be received by all individuals who purchased their health insurance from a Marketplace as follows:
The information included on Form 1095-A (Health Insurance Marketplace Statement) is needed to complete the Form 8962 for both the calculation of the Premium Tax Credit and to do the reconciliation of the credit with the Advance Premium Tax Credit (subsidy).
See the Questions and Answers about Health Care Information Forms for Individuals (Forms 1095-A, 1095-B, and 1095-C) on the IRS website for more information on the Form 1095-A.
This form is completed by taxpayers who purchased their health insurance through a Marketplace and whose income is between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty line and are claiming a Premium Tax Credit.
For individuals who received an Advance Premium Tax Credit (subsidy), this form must be completed in order to complete the reconciliation of the calculated Premium Tax Credit and the subsidy. If it is not included with the original return, the IRS will not complete the processing of the return until they receive a completed Form 8962, which will delay any refund shown on the return.
The result of the calculation of the Premium Tax Credit and the reconciliation will be either a refundable credit or an additional tax.
Any individual who qualifies for an exemption from the requirement to have health insurance for all or part of 2015 will complete this form.
For an explanation of what types of exemptions there are and how to apply for them, see the Exemptions section of the Affordable Care Act for Individuals page of the Crosslink Tax Resource Center.