e-file Affordable Care Act Information Reports (Forms 8947 or 8963 only)
If you are a Drug Manufacturer or Importer that files information report Form 8947, Report of Branded Prescription Drug Information, or a Health Insurance Provider that files information report Form 8963, Report of Health Insurance Provider Information (“ACA Provider”), we encourage you to file electronically. The information contained on this page is only for filing Forms 8947 and 8963, not for the filing for any other ACA Forms. E-filing eliminates the need for manual transcription and speeds up processing. Also, e-filers get an immediate acknowledgement of receipt and can track submission status online.
IRS e-services are a suite of products that allow certain ACA providers, Drug Manufacturers or Importers and Health Insurance Providers, to do business with the IRS electronically. Other IRS business partners, including accountants, lawyers and tax professionals also can use e-services. These services are only available to approved IRS business partners and not to the general public.
How Do I e-file ACA Information Reports (Forms 8947 or 8963 only)?
Use this three step process to e-file ACA information reports
- e-file Application
- Form Submission
Step 1 - Register for e-services
If you are a Drug Manufacturer or Importer or a Health Insurance Provider (“ACA Provider”) and want to file information reports Forms 8947 or 8963 (respectively) electronically, you must first register online for e-services and create an electronic account. This is a one-time automated process during which you create a user name, password and PIN. After we validate your information, we will send you an on-screen acknowledgement. To protect your security, we send the confirmation code to you via postal mail. Registration can take as long as 28 days.
Step-by-step instructions on the registration process are available here: e-Services Registration for ACA Providers.
An overview of changes made to e-services registration effective September 28, 2014 is available here: e-services changes.
Step 2 - Submit your e-file application
You also will need to submit an e-file application. We ask you to provide basic information about your business, your key people and identify yourself as an ACA Report Filer by selecting the ACA Provider role. The ACA Provider role is only for those firms that will be filing ACA Information “reports.” ACA Information “reports” refers to Form 8947, Report of Branded Prescription Drug Information, and Form 8963, Report of Health Insurance Provider Information.
Note: The ACA Provider role is not for filers of ACA Information “returns.” Filers of the following ACA Information “returns” must apply for an ACA Transmitter Control Code (TCC):
- Form 1094-B, Transmittal of Health Coverage Information Returns
- Form 1095-B, Health Coverage
- Form 1094-C, Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns
- Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage
For more information on electronic filing of ACA Information Returns, go to the Affordable Care Act Information Return (AIR) Program webpage on irs.gov.
Step-by-step instructions on submitting the e-file application are available here: e-file Application for ACA providers.
Step 3 - e-file ACA Information Reports (Forms 8947 or 8963 only)
After you complete your registration and e-file application, you are ready to e-file ACA information reports.
Step-by-step instructions on accessing and submitting ACA forms are available here: e-file Form Submission Process.
Contact IRS for More Information
- ACA Report Filers, software developers and vendors - with questions about e-filing, call the IRS e-help desk at 1-866-937-4130
- Publication 5165, Guide for Filing Affordable Care Act (ACA) Information Returns for Software Developers and Transmitters has information on AIR system
- Taxpayers with account or tax law questions - call 1-800-829-4933
- Tax practitioners with account or tax law questions - call 1-800-829-8374