In late December, the IRS announced an extension of 2018 due dates for certain entities to provide the 2017 health coverage information forms to individuals.
Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers now have until March 2, 2018, to provide Forms 1095-B or 1095-C to individuals, which is a 30 day extension from the original due date of January 31.
Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers must furnish statements to employees or covered individuals regarding the health care coverage offered to them. Individuals may use this information to determine whether, for each month of the calendar year, they may claim the premium tax credit on their individual tax returns.
This 30 day extension is automatic. Employers and providers do not have to request it. The due dates for filing 2017 information returns with the IRS are not extended. For 2018, the due dates to file information returns with the IRS are:
February 28 – Paper Filers
April 2 – Electronic Filers
Because of these extensions, individuals may not receive their Forms 1095-B or 1095-C by the time they are ready to file their 2017 individual income tax return. While information on these forms may assist in preparing a return, the forms are not required to file. Taxpayers can prepare and file their returns using other informaiton about their health coverage. Taxpayers need not wait for Forms 1095-B or 1095-C to file.
Information is available at www.irs.gov/aca.
Courtesy of PAA Bulletin No. 2, 1/24/2018