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Getting Ready to File Your Tax Return: Premium Tax Credit

IRS Health Care Tax Tip 2016-09, January 21, 2016                                                Español

Under the Affordable Care Act, you may be eligible for the premium tax credit if you enrolled for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Here are three things you should know about the health care law’s premium tax credit that will help you get ready to file your tax return.

  • If you bought coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you should receive Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement from your Marketplace by early February. Save this form because it has important information needed to complete your tax return. 

If you also receive Form 1095-B or Form 1095-C, which are unrelated to the Marketplace, see our questions and answers for information about how these forms affect your tax return.

  • If you are expecting to receive Form 1095-A and you do not receive it by early February, contact the Marketplace where you purchased coverage. Do not contact the IRS because telephone assistors will not have access to this information.
  • If you benefited from advance payments of the premium tax credit, you must file a federal income tax return. You will need to reconcile those advance payments with the amount of premium tax credit you’re entitled based on your actual income. As a result, some people may see a smaller or larger tax refund or tax liability than they were expecting. When you file your return, you will use IRS Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit (PTC), to calculate your premium tax credit and reconcile the credit with any advance payments.

You or your tax professional should consider preparing and filing your tax return electronically. Using tax preparation software is the easiest way to file a complete and accurate tax return. There are a variety of electronic filing options, including free volunteer assistance, IRS Free File for taxpayers who qualify, commercial software, and professional assistance.

Visit the PTC Eligibility page on IRS.gov/aca or use our interactive tool, Am I eligible to claim the Premium Tax Credit? on IRS.gov to determine your eligibility.

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 01-Nov-2016