On May 24, 2021, the IRS released the 2021 drafts of Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. Earlier in the month, the IRS released the 2021 drafts of Forms 1094-B and 1095-B. These forms are informational reporting forms that insurers and self-insured employers will use to satisfy their obligations under IRC Section 6055 and that large employer plan sponsors and health plans will use to satisfy their obligations under IRC Section 6056. These forms, once finalized, will be filed in early 2022 relating to 2021 information. All forms appear to be unchanged from their 2020 versions. (Note that 2021 draft instructions for these forms have not yet been released.)
The ACA imposes two reporting requirements under Sections 6055 and 6056. Section 6055 requires insurers and small self-insured employers to report on Forms 1094-B and 1095-B that they provided minimum essential coverage to covered individuals during the year. Section 6056 requires applicable large employers (under the employer mandate) to report on Forms 1094-C and 1095-C that they provided affordable and minimum value coverage to full-time employees.
As a reminder, the forms must be filed with the IRS by February 28, 2022, if filing by paper, and March 31, 2022, if filing electronically. The Forms 1095-B and 1095-C must be distributed to applicable employees by January 31, 2022. The penalties for failure to file and report are $280 per failure. This means that an employer who fails both to file a completed form with the IRS and to distribute a form to an employee/individual would be at risk for a $560 penalty. Keep in mind that the IRS allows reporting entities not to distribute the Form 1095-B if certain conditions are met.
Employers should become familiar with these forms in preparation for filing information returns for the 2021 calendar year. However, these forms are only draft versions, and they should not be filed with the IRS or relied upon for filing. We will keep you updated of any developments, including release of the finalized forms and instructions.
Source: NFP BenefitsPartners