ACA 1095 B/C Reporting Requirements

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ACA Reporting Requirements for 2020 TaxYear

Updated on November 13, 2020 - 10:30am by, TaxBandits

The Affordable Care Act(ACA) mandates that every U.S citizen gets healthcare coverage if they are employed within the country. To ensure that, the IRS defines two different sections under ACA - Section 6055
and Section 6056.

Read on to learn about what Sections 6055 and 6056 mean.

The following are the topics covered under this article:

1. ACA Reporting Requirements under Section 6055

The Affordable Care Act included Section 6055 under the Internal Revenue Code to ensure certain things regarding health plans provided to the individuals. This ensures that every provider of Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) to individuals reports the coverage information to the IRS using Form 1095-B and Form 1094-B. The IRS will have this information to administer the individual shared responsibility provisions.

The provider may include the following:

  • Health insurance issuers or carriers
  • Plan sponsors of self-insured group health plan coverage, and
  • The executive department or agency of a governmental unit that provides coverage under a government-sponsored program.

The provider should complete the IRS Form 1095-B for every individual offered with the MEC and submit it to the IRS. And a copy of this form should be furnished to the individual.

Form 1095 B - Information return to be filed with the IRS reporting health coverage information of the individuals. Also, it includes the information of the covered individuals.

Form 1094 B - Transmittal form for 1095 B.

2. ACA Reporting Requirements under Section 6056

The Affordable Care Act included Section 6056 under the Internal Revenue Code. This section ensures that ALEs under the employer shared responsibility to file 1095-C and 1094-C forms with the IRS. ALEs are employers with 50 or more full-time employees. The ALE member should report healthcare coverage information provided to the employees and their dependents to the IRS using Form 1095-C and
Form 1094-C. The IRS will use them to administer the employer shared responsibility provisions.

Form 1095 C - Information return to be filed with the IRS reporting health coverage information of the employees. It also included the information of dependents, if any.

Form 1094 C - Transmittal form for 1095 C.

3. What are the changes in 2020 ACA Reporting?

For the tax year 2020, there are a few changes implemented in ACA Forms. Basically, ACA reporting can be done using two forms. The providers who offer health coverage to individuals and employers with less than 50 employees should use 1095-B and 1094-B. ALEs who provide healthcare coverage to their employees and dependents should use 1095-C and 1094-C.

Changes to Form 1095-B for 2020 tax year

  • Beginning from January 1, 2020, employers may offer HRAs integrated with individual health insurance coverage.
  • New code G is introduced to enter on line 8 of Form 1095-B. Enter code G if individual coverage HRA is provided to the individual.
  • The due date to furnish 1095-B copies to individuals is March 02, 2021. Earlier, it was January 31, 2021.
  • There will be no IRS penalties if you do not furnish 1095-B copies to the individuals on time. For further information, see Notice 2020-76.

Changes to Form 1095-C for 2020 tax year

  • The due date for furnishing employee copy of 1095-C is extended from January 31, 2021,
    to March 02, 2021.
  • If you fail to furnish employee copies, the IRS will not impose penalties. For further information, see Notice 2020-76.
  • Beginning from January 1, 2020, employers may offer HRAs integrated with individual
    health insurance coverage.
  • New codes and lines have been introduced to report offers of individual coverage HRAs and report the related information.

Learn more about Form 1095-C New Code Changes for 2020 Tax Year

4. Information Required to Complete ACA Forms

To complete ACA forms, you should have the following information.

Information required for completing 1095-B

The form has 4 parts to be completed.

  • Part I - Responsible Individual

    • Name of responsible individual–First name, middle name, last name
    • Social security number (SSN) or other TIN
    • Date of birth (if SSN or other TIN is not available)
    • Street address (including apartment no.)
    • City or town
    • State or province
    • Country and ZIP or foreign postal code
    • Code for identifying Origin of the Health Coverage
  • Part II - Information About Certain Employer-Sponsored Coverage

    • Employer name
    • Employer identification number (EIN)
    • Street address (including room or suite no.)
    • City or town
    • State or province
    • Country and ZIP or foreign postal code
  • Part III - Issuer or Other Coverage Provider

    • Name
    • Employer identification number (EIN)
    • Contact telephone number
    • Street address (including room or suite no.)
    • City or town
    • State or province
    • Country and ZIP or foreign postal code
  • Part IV - Covered Individuals (Enter the information for each covered individual)

    • Name of covered individual(s) First name, middle initial, last name
    • SSN or other TIN
    • DOB (if SSN or other TIN is not available)
    • Covered all 12 months
    • Months of coverage

Information required for completing 1095-C

The form has 3 parts to be completed.

  • Part I - Employee

    • Name of responsible individual–First name, middle name, last name
    • Social security number (SSN)
    • Street address (including apartment no.)
    • City or town
    • State or province
    • Country and ZIP or foreign postal code Applicable Large Employer Member (Employer)
    • Name of employer 8 Employer identification number (EIN)
    • Street address (including room or suite no.)
    • Contact telephone number
    • City or town
    • State or province
    • Country and ZIP or foreign postal code
  • Part II - Employee Offer of Coverage

    • Employee’s Age on January 1
    • Plan Start Month (enter 2-digit number)
    • Offer of Coverage (enter required code)
    • Employee Required Contribution
    • Section 4980H Safe Harbor and Other Relief (enter code, if applicable)
    • ZIP Code
  • Part III - Covered Individuals

    (If Employer provided self-insured coverage, check the box and enter the information for each individual enrolled in coverage, including the employee.)

    • Name of covered individual(s) First name, middle initial, last name
    • SSN or other TIN
    • DOB (if SSN or other TIN is not available)
    • Covered all 12 months
    • Months of coverage

    Read more on Form 1095-C Instructions.

5. 2021 Deadlines for Reporting Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C

The due dates for reporting 1095 B and 1095 C ACA forms are given below.

ACA Forms 2020 deadline

Form Type Paper filing E-filing Employee Copy
Form 1095-B March 01, 2021 March 31, 2021 March 02, 2021
Form 1095-C March 01, 2021 March 31, 2021 March 02, 2021

ACA Forms state filing deadline - 2020

State Deadline
New Jersey March 31, 2021
District of Columbia June 30, 2021
California March 30, 2021
Massachusetts January 31, 2021

6. How TaxBandits Help in ACA Reporting?

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Our application is built with user-friendly features to make your ACA reporting easy for the tax year 2020. We have updated our application in accordance with the latest IRS updates. You can begin to e-file ACA reporting forms as we are heading towards the year-end tax filing season.

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