Don’t Forget to Check This Box on Your 2016 Tax Return
When you’re filing your 2016 tax returns, you’ll show proof that you had health insurance using Form 1095. You may receive one or more versions of the form, depending on how you enrolled or if you changed from a PPO to an HMO anytime during the year.
If You Enrolled Through Healthcare.gov (The Marketplace)
If you enrolled in your 2016 plan through the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace(SM), you should receive Form 1095-A from the Marketplace—not your health insurer—by March 2, 2017. Here’s what you need to do:
• Use Form 1095-A to calculate the total amount of insurance premium tax credits you received in 2016.
• Then, use the information on Form 1095-A to fill the IRS Form 8962.
• Include Form 8962 with your 2016 tax return.
If You Enrolled Directly Through Florida Blue
If you enrolled in 2016 in a health plan directly from a health insurance company like Florida Blue, or if you had coverage provided by an employer, you will receive either (or both) Form 1095-B or Form 1095-C from your health plan provider or employer.
Florida Blue members will receive their Form 1095-B in the mail by March 2, and you can view or print the form right from your member account at floridablue.com starting on March 6.
• This form shows that you were enrolled in minimal essential coverage in 2016.
• Use this form as a reference when you filling out your 2016 tax return. You’ll need to check a box saying that you were enrolled in health coverage for 2016.
• You do not need to file the Form 1095-B with your tax return.
If you receive a 1095-C form from your employer, they can answer your questions about that form. As always, if you have questions about filing your taxes, you can check the IRS website for details or for the best phone number to call to reach them. You can also check with your local tax advisor.
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