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Posted 1/12/2017

Questions and Answers about Health Care Information Forms for Individuals (Forms 1095-A, 1095-B, and 1095-C)


Because of the health care law, you might receive some forms early in the year providing information about the health coverage you had or were offered in the previous year.  The information below is intended to help individuals understand these forms, including who should expect to receive them and what to do with them.    

The Basics

1. Will I receive any health care tax forms in 2017 to help me complete my tax return?

In early 2017, you may receive one or more forms providing information about the health care coverage that you had or were offered during the previous year. Much like Form W-2 and Form 1099, which include information about the income you received, these health care forms provide information that you may need when you file your individual income tax return. Also like Forms W-2 and 1099, these forms will be provided to the IRS by the entity that provides the form to you.

The forms are:

  • Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement.  The Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) sends this form to individuals who enrolled in coverage there, with information about the coverage, who was covered, and when.  
  • Form 1095-B, Health Coverage.  Health insurance providers (for example, health insurance companies) send this form to individuals they cover, with information about who was covered and when. 
  • Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage.  Certain employers send this form to certain employees, with information about what coverage the employer offered. Employers that offer health coverage referred to as “self-insured coverage” send this form to individuals they cover, with information about who was covered and when.

2. When will I receive these health care tax forms?

For tax year 2016, the deadline for the Marketplace to provide Form 1095-A is January 31, 2017.  The deadline for insurers, other coverage providers and certain employers to provide Forms 1095-B and 1095-C has been extended to March 2, 2017. 

3. Must I wait to file until I receive these forms?

If you are expecting to receive a Form 1095-A, you should wait to file your 2016 income tax return until you receive that form.  However, it is not necessary to wait for Forms 1095-B or 1095-C in order to file.

Some taxpayers may not receive a Form 1095-B or Form 1095-C by the time they are ready to file their 2016 tax return. While the information on these forms may assist in preparing a return, they are not required. Individual taxpayers should not wait for these forms and file their returns as they normally would.

Like last year, taxpayers can prepare and file their returns using other information about their health insurance. You should not attach any of these forms to your tax return.