IRS 6055 and 6056 Employer Reporting Requirements
for ACA Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) added Section 6056 to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) requiring annual information reporting to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by applicable large employers with fully insured plans relating to the health insurance that the employer offers (or does not offer) to full-time employees and their dependents.
Section 6055 requires annual information reporting to the IRS by health insurance issuers, employers with self-insured plans, government agencies, and other providers of health coverage.
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The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) requires plan administrators the people who run plans to give plan participants in writing the most important facts they need to know about their retirement and health benefit plans including plan rules, financial information, and documents on the operation and management of the plan. Some of these facts must be provided to participants regularly and automatically by the plan administrator. Others are available upon request, free-of-charge or for copying fees. The request should be made in writing.
One of the most important documents participants are entitled to receive automatically when becoming a participant of an ERISA-covered retirement or health benefit plan or a beneficiary receiving benefits under such a plan, is a summary of the plan, called the summary plan description or SPD. The plan administrator is legally obligated to provide to participants, free of charge, the SPD. The summary plan description is an important document that tells participants what the plan provides and how it operates. It provides information on when an employee can begin to participate in the plan, how service and benefits are calculated, when benefits becomes vested, when and in what form benefits are paid, and how to file a claim for benefits. If a plan is changed, participants must be informed, either through a revised summary plan description, or in a separate document, called a summary of material modifications, which also must be given to participants free of charge.
In addition to the summary plan description, the plan administrator must automatically give participants each year a copy of the plan’s summary annual report. This is a summary of the annual financial report that most plans must file with the Department of Labor. These reports are filed on government forms called the Form 5500. The summary annual report is available at no cost. To learn more about the plan assets, participants may ask the plan administrator for a copy of the annual report in its entirety.
If participants are unable to get the summary plan description, the summary annual report or the annual report from the plan administrator, they may be able to obtain a copy by writing to the U.S. Department of Labor, EBSA, Public Disclosure Room, Room N-1513, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, for a nominal copying charge. Participants should provide their name, address and phone number to enable EBSA to contact them to follow up on the request. dol.gov/health-plans/planinformation
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IRS Questions and Answers that helps employers
The health care law requires applicable large employers to file information returns with the IRS and provide statements to their full-time employees about the health insurance coverage the employer offered. An applicable large employer is an employer that employed an average of at least 50 full-time employees on business days during the preceding calendar year.
Here are three questions and answers that address specific situations that might apply to your organization.
Is an ALE member that sponsors a self-insured health plan required to file Form 1094-C and Form 1095-C
if the ALE member has no full-time employees?
Generally, yes. An ALE member that sponsors a self-insured health plan in which any employee or employee’s spouse or dependent has enrolled is required to file Form 1094-C and Form 1095-C, whether or not that employer has any full-time employees and whether or not that individual is a current employee or a full-time employee. For an individual who enrolled in coverage who was not an employee in any month of the year, the employer may file Forms 1094-B and 1095-B for that individual.
Is an employer that is not an ALE member required to file under the Affordable Care Act
if the employer sponsors a self-insured health plan that provides minimum essential coverage?
No; however, such an employer is subject to the reporting obligations under the Affordable Care Act. An employer that is not an ALE member that sponsors a self-insured health plan in which any individual has enrolled is not subject to the reporting requirements of ACA. Such an employer will generally satisfy its reporting obligations by filing Form 1094-B and Form 1095-B.
Is an ALE member required to report under the Affordable Care Act
with respect to a full-time employee who is not offered coverage during the year?
Yes. An ALE member is required to report information about the health coverage, if any, offered to each of its full-time employees, including whether an offer of health coverage was – or was not – made. This requirement applies to all ALE members, regardless of whether they offered health coverage to all, none, or some of their full-time employees. For each of its full-time employees, the ALE member is required to file Form 1095-C with the IRS and furnish a copy of Form 1095-C to the employee, regardless of whether or not health coverage was or was not offered to the employee. Therefore, even if an ALE member does not offer coverage to any of its full-time employees, it must file returns with the IRS and furnish statements to each of its full-time employees to report information specifying that coverage was not offered.
For the full list of questions and answers about reporting requirements for employers, see our Reporting Offers of Health Insurance Coverage by Employers page on IRS.gov/aca. The IRS website is also the place to find questions and answers for a wide range of ACA topics for individuals, employers and other organizations.
For more information, see the Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and these additional Questions and Answers.
Affordable Care Act Information Reporting (AIR) Program page on IRS.gov and in Publications 5164 and 5165.
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