HR Q&A: What do the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tax Forms Mean to Employees?
One aspect of being an HR Professional is understanding that employees are our customers and everyone knows the importance of excellent customer service in the business world. The ACA has an impact on employees as well as the administrative and compliance issues for employers which have significantly impacted the lives of HR professionals. So, employees may request help in understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax forms and the effect they will have on their tax filing.
Below is some information compiled from the IRS Website on 1095-C for Individuals answering questions employees might ask about Form 1095-C:
Question: Will I (employee) get a Form 1095-C?
¤ You will receive a Form 1095-C, if you were a full time employee working for an applicable large employer last year. An applicable larger employer is generally an employer with 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees.
¤ Even if you were not a full time employee, you will receive form 1095-C if your employer offered self-insured coverage and you or a family member enrolled in that coverage.
¤ You might get more than one Form 1095-C if you worked for more than one applicable large employer last year.
Question: How do I (employee) use the information on my Form 1095-C?
¤ This form provides you with information about the health coverage offered by your employer and, in some cases, about whether you enrolled in this coverage.
¤ If you enrolled in a health plan through the Marketplace, the information in Part II of Form 1095-C could help determine if you’re eligible for the premium tax credit. If you did not enroll in a health plan through the Marketplace, this information is not relevant to you.
¤ If there is information in Part III of Form 1095-C, review this information to determine if there are months when you or your family members did not have coverage. If there are months you did not have coverage, you should determine if you qualify for an exemption from the requirement to have coverage. If not, you must make an individual shared responsibility payment.
¤ You are not required to file a tax return solely because you received a Form 1095-C if you are otherwise not required to file a tax return.
¤ Do not attach Form 1095-C to your tax return - keep it with your tax records.
Question: What if I (employee) don’t get my Form 1095-C?
¤ You might not receive a Form 1095-C by the time you are ready to file your 2016 tax return, and it is not necessary to wait for it to file.
¤ The information on these forms may assist in preparing a return. However, you can prepare and file your return using other information about your health insurance.
¤ The IRS does not issue and cannot provide you with your Form 1095-C. For questions about your Form 1095-C, contact your employer. See line 10 of Form 1095-C for a contact number.
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