Because of the health care law, you might receive some new forms this winter providing you with information about the health coverage you had or were offered in 2015. The information below is intended to help individuals understand these new forms, including who should expect to receive them and what to do with them.
1. Will I receive any new health care tax forms in 2016 to help me complete my tax return?
Starting early in 2016, you may receive one or more forms providing information about the health care coverage that you had or were offered during the previous year. Much like Form W-2 and Form 1099, which include information about the income you received, these new health care forms provide information that you may need when you file your individual income tax return. Also like Forms W-2 and 1099, these new forms will be provided to the IRS by the entity that provides the form to you.
The new forms are:
- Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. The Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) sends this form to individuals who enrolled in coverage there, with information about the coverage, who was covered, and when. Individuals who have health care coverage through the LAUSD will not receive this form.
- Form 1095-B, Health Coverage. Health insurance providers (for example, health insurance companies such as Kaiser, Health Net, and United Health Care) send this form to individuals they cover, with information about who was covered and when.
- Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage. Certain employers send this form to certain employees, with information about what coverage the employer offered. Employers that offer health coverage referred to as “self-insured coverage” (Anthem Blue Cross plans) send this form to individuals they cover, with information about who was covered and when.
2. When will I receive these health care tax forms?
The deadline for the Marketplace to provide Form 1095-A is February 1, 2016. The deadline for insurers, other coverage providers and LAUSD to provide these forms has been extended to March 31, 2016. Individual taxpayers will generally not be affected by this extension and should file their returns as they normally would.
3. Must I wait to file until I receive these forms?
If you are expecting to receive a Form 1095-A, you should wait to file your 2015 income tax return until you receive that form. However, it is not necessary to wait for Forms 1095-B or 1095-C in order to file.
Some taxpayers may not receive a Form 1095-B or Form 1095-C by the time they are ready to file their 2015 tax return. While the information on these forms may assist in preparing a return, they are not required. Individual taxpayers will generally not be affected by this extension and should file their returns as they normally would.
Like last year, taxpayers can prepare and file their returns using other information about their health insurance. You should not attach any of these forms to your tax return. Keep for your tax records.
4. How will I receive these forms?
The Marketplace, health coverage providers and applicable large employers will mail these forms to you.
For more information, logon on to https://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act.