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Overview

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance companies, self-insured companies, and large businesses and businesses that provide health insurance to their employees must submit information returns to the IRS reporting on individual’s health insurance coverage. You are required to file electronically if submitting 250 or more information returns.


The following can use the AIR System to electronically file ACA information returns to the IRS:

  • Software developers
  • Employers
  • Insurance Issuers or Carriers
  • Government Agencies
  • Third parties who would submit returns either for their own company and/or for other companies


The ACA information returns include:

  • 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

New filers need to apply for the Affordable Care Act Application for Transmitter Control Code (TCC).

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XML Schemas, and other information for software developers and transmitters, who are interested in developing software for the AIR Program, is provided by Tax Year:

In Processing Years 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 AIR will accept Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C and 1095-C returns only.

Schemas for AIR by Tax Year

Tax Year Form Type
2018 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C
2017 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C
2016 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C
2015 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C

10/28/2018:
Use the following WDSLs:

  • AATS: Beginning 11/2/2018, use the Processing Year 2019 AATS WSDL package titled "FS19-TY18 AATS WSDL Package Nov 2018." All transmissions to AATS starting 11/2/2018 must use:
    • Processing Year 2019 AATS WSDLs.
    • The 2018 manifest, including prior year returns 2015, 2016 and 2017.
  • Production: Use the Production WSDL Package titled "FS18-TY17 Production WSDL Package" through December 2018. All transmissions to Production must use:
    • Processing Year 2018 Production WSDLs.
    • The 2017 manifest, including prior year returns 2015 and 2016.

 
10/05/2018:
AATS Availability for processing year 2019 testing

  • Available: Friday 11/02/2018 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern; includes tax years 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015.
  • Unavailable: Friday, 10/26/2018 12:00 a.m. Eastern to 11/02/2018 8:59 a.m. Eastern. AIR will update programming for processing year 2019 AATS during this time.

 
08/23/2018:
Currently, the ISS-A2A Gateway accepts SHA-1 and higher algorithms (SHA-256, SHA-384 and SHA-512) during the validation of WS-Security. Beginning November (for AATS) and January (for Production), AIR will no longer support SHA-1 from the accepted Signature and Digest methods used to digitally sign ISS-A2A transmissions.

2018

  • AIR TCCs for Transmitters and Issuers that are in Production status will remain in Production status. No additional testing is needed for Tax Year 2018.
  • Software Developers need to update their ACA Application for TCC each year to obtain a new software identification number for the new tax year
  • Software Developers who passed testing for any tax year ending after December 31, 2014 do not need to test for the current tax year. Software IDs are scheduled to move to Production one week from the date the software IDs are assigned.
    • When the 2018 software packages are added, Responsible Officials will need to re-sign the ACA Application for TCC.
    • AIR Transmissions (both live and test) will reject If the ACA Application for TCC is not signed and in Completed status.
    • Allow 48 hours before transmitting to Production after passing any required testing.


2017
To generate tax year 2017 returns in AATS, use:

  • Manifest file from tax year 2018 schema package
  • Form data file from tax year 2017 schema package
  • PaymentYr value “2017”
  • PriorYearDataInd value “1”
  • Software Id for 2017 (2017 software Ids start with 17XXXXXXXX)

 
To generate tax year 2017 returns in Production, use:

  • Manifest file from tax year 2017 schema package
  • Form data file from tax year 2017 schema package
  • PaymentYr value “2017”
  • PriorYearDataInd value “0”
  • Software Id for 2017 (2017 software Ids start with 17XXXXXXXX)


2016 
To generate tax year 2016 returns in AATS, use:

  • Manifest file from tax year 2018 schema package for AATS

 
To generate tax year 2016 returns in Production, use:

  • Manifest file from tax year 2017 schema package for Production


To generate tax year 2016 returns in AATS and Production, use:

  • Form data file from tax year 2016 schema package
  • PaymentYr value “2016”
  • PriorYearDataInd value “1”
  • Software Id for 2016 (2016 software Ids start with 16XXXXXXXX)

 

2015
To generate tax year 2015 returns in AATS, use:

  • Manifest file from tax year 2018 schema package for AATS

 
To generate tax year 2015 returns in Production, use:

  • Manifest file from tax year 2017 schema package for Production


To generate tax year 2015 returns in AATS and Production, use:

  • Form data file from tax year 2015 schema package
  • PaymentYr value “2015”
  • PriorYearDataInd value “1”
  • Software Id for 2015 (2015 software Ids start with 15XXXXXXXX)

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You can submit questions to the AIR Mailbox regarding electronic filing of Forms 1094-B, 1094-C, 1095-B and 1095-C.

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