The IRS recently released the final forms and instructions for information reporting under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The final forms and instructions will be used for reporting in 2016 concerning 2015 coverage. The final forms and instructions can be accessed below.
Instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B
Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C
The final forms do not contain any significant changes from the prior draft versions. Both sets of final instructions also remain largely unchanged, but they contain a few important modifications with respect to reporting specific types of coverage. For example, the final instructions modified the rules for reporting multiemployer plan coverage, COBRA coverage, and HRA coverage.
For more information concerning these forms and employers’ ACA information reporting responsibilities, please review my October 24, 2014 SW Benefits Update, “Section 6055 Reporting of Health Plan ‘Minimum Essential Coverage’ for Small and Large Employers,” and my October 28, 2014 SW Benefits Update, “Section 6056 Reporting of Health Coverage Information for Large Employers.”