New ACA Reporting with 1095 Forms
Beginning in January 2016, most employers must file information returns for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on new 1095 and 1094 Forms.
ACA Reporting Overview
The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare) requires additional reporting for employers and insurers to remain compliant.
In 2016, employers and insurers must file information returns on Form 1095 with both the IRS and employees to report on healthcare coverage for the 2015 tax year.
Employer & Insurer Requirements
Not every business needs to file ACA forms in 2016. Yours must if you:
- Have 50+ employees who are full-time or full-time equivalent
- Are a self-insured employers regardless of size
Full time employees are those who worked an average of 30+ hours per week for more than 120 days in 2015. Use the HealthCare.gov FTE Employee Calculator for more information.
A new series of forms will be used for ACA reporting, the new 1095 forms. They can be filed on paper forms or e-filed to the IRS (required for 250+ forms).
1095-B: Health Coverage Forms are filed by insurers with the IRS and sent to taxpayers verify that individuals have the minimum essential coverage. Read the 1095-B Instructions >
1095-C: Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Forms are filed by employers with 50+ full-time employees (or equivalent) to verify compliance with the employer “shared responsibility” mandate. It is also used to establish employee eligibility for premium tax credits if the employer doesn’t offer affordable or adequate coverage. Read the 1095-C Instructions >
1094-B & 1094-C Transmittal Forms are used to transmit and summarize the individual 1095-B and –C Forms to the IRS.
There are no requirements to file with states for these new forms.
The same deadlines for 1099 forms and W-2 forms apply to the 1095 forms. For instance, 2015 tax year filing is required by:
- Feb 1, 2016 for employee forms
- Feb 29, 2016 for IRS reporting on paper forms
- Mar 31, 2016 for IRS reporting via e-file
For the 2015 tax year, incorrect filings will not be penalized as long as employers and insurers file on time and make a good-faith effort to comply.
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