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IRS extends ACA reporting deadline

The Internal Revenue Service extended the deadline for some information reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act, but it’s still right around the corner!

Notice 2016-70 extended the deadlines for ACA reporting forms 1095-C and 1095-B:

  • The notice extended the deadline to deliver both forms to employees from Jan. 31 to March 2.
  • Deadlines for filing are now Feb. 28 for paper versions and March 31 for electronic filing.

The extension applies for tax year 2016 only.

The deadline was extended after the IRS and the Treasury Department found a substantial number of employers and other insurance providers needed additional time to gather and analyze the information necessary to prepare the forms, and furnish them to individuals.

This is the second year in a row the IRS has given filers additional leniency to file properly. In December 2015, the IRS gave employers extra time to distribute the forms to employees and file them with the government. The extension gives employers and issuers an extra month to provide individuals with forms reporting offers of health coverage and the coverage that is provided.

The IRS also extended “good faith transition relief” for another year. In 2015, the IRS said it wouldn’t penalize employers for incorrect or incomplete forms if they could show they made good-faith efforts to comply with the reporting requirements.

The relief also includes missing and inaccurate taxpayer identification numbers and dates of birth.

Author: MRA
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