The IRS extended the 2018 due date for certain employers and health coverage providers to furnish 2017 health coverage information forms to individuals.The March 2 date is a 30-day extension from the original due date of Jan. 31. Because of these extensions, individuals may not receive their Forms 1095-B or 1095-C by the time they are ready to file their 2017 individual income tax return.
These associations need to furnish statements to employees or insured people. The statements have information regarding the healthcare coverage provided or offered to the employees or covered people. The recipients may use this information to determine whether they can claim the premium tax credit on their individual income tax returns.
This 30-day expansion is automatic. Employers and providers don’t need to request it. The due dates for filing 2017 information returns with the IRS are not extended. For 2018, the due dates to file information returns with the IRS are:
While information on these forms may assist in preparing a return, taxpayers are not required to have these forms to file. Taxpayers can prepare and file their returns using other information about their health coverage. Taxpayers do not have to wait for Forms 1095-B or 1095-C to file.