IRS Extends Filing Deadlines, Penalty Relief for Health Insurance Forms
Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers now have until March 4, 2019, to provide individuals with Forms 1095-B, Health Coverage, or Forms 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage. This is a 30-day extension from the original due date of January 31, 2019. The due dates for employers and insurers to file 2018 information returns with the IRS are not extended. They are still due on February 28, 2019, for paper filers, and April 1, 2019, for electronic filers.
Employers and providers must furnish Forms 1095-B and 1096-C to employees or covered individuals regarding the health care coverage offered to them. The forms may help recipients determine whether they may claim the premium tax credit on their income tax returns. However, taxpayers do not have to file these forms with their returns; thus, they may prepare and file their returns before they receive their Forms 1095-B or 1095-C. This blanket extension of the filing deadline means that the IRS will not respond to any requests for 30-day extensions that employers and providers have already filed.
The IRS also extended transition relief from late-filing penalties for reporting entities that can show they made good faith efforts to comply with reporting requirements for both individual statements and information returns that have missing or inaccurate taxpayer identification numbers and dates of birth, as well as other required information. In determining good faith, the IRS will take into account whether an employer or other coverage provider made reasonable efforts to prepare for reporting and providing the required information. Employers and providers that cannot file timely forms should still file the overdue forms as soon as possible, because the IRS will take the late forms into account in determining whether to abate the late-filing penalties.