IRS Reporting Form 1095 Questions About Your 1095s
What is this form I’m receiving? A 1095 form is a little bit like a W-2 form. Your insurer (e.g. Kaiser, Blue Shield or self-insured the plan administrator) sends one copy to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and one copy to you. A W-2 form reports your annual earnings. A 1095 form reports your health care coverage throughout the year. Who is sending it to me, when, and how? Your health insurance company or self insured plan should send one to you either by mail or in person. They may send the form to you electronically if you gave them permission to do so. You should receive it by March 31, 2016. (Starting in 2017, you should receive it each year by January 31, just like your W-2.) Why are you sending it to me? The 1095 forms will show that you and your family members either did or did not have health coverage during each month of the past year. Because of the Affordable Care Act, every person must obtain health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS. What am I supposed to do with this form? Keep it for your tax records. You don’t actually need this form in order to file your taxes, but when you do file, you’ll have to tell the IRS whether or not you had health insurance for each month in 2015. The Form 1095-B or 1095-C shows if you had health insurance through your employer. Since you don’t actually need this form to file your taxes, you don’t have to wait to receive it if you already know what months you did or didn’t have health insurance in 2015. When you do get the form, keep it with your other 2015 tax information in case you should need it in the future to help prove you had health insurance. Ask your tax preparer or advisor if you have specific questions while filing your taxes. Everyone’s family structure and income situation is different. What if I get more than one 1095 Form? Someone who had health insurance through more than one employer during the year may receive a 1095-B or 1095-C form from each employer. Some employees may receive a Form 1095-A and/or 1095-B reporting specific health coverage details. Just keep these-you do not need to send them in with your 2015 taxes. What if I did not get a Form 1095-B or a 1095-C? If you believe you should have received one but did not, contact your Union and for Local 477 call Delta Administrators (800) 422-6099, or the FMCP health plan for Local 440 members, (877) 937-9602.