By the close of open enrollment in April, 6.7 million Americans had chosen a qualified health plan with premium tax credits, and many more have since enrolled in a QHP through a special enrollment period and received tax credits. Each of them will need to file a form 8962. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 30 million Americans are potentially subject to the shared responsibility requirement, and that 23 million of them may qualify for an exemption. Many of the 23 million will have to file a form 8965.
On September 15, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service released draft instructions for form 8965. On September 17, 2014, the IRS released draft instructions for form 8962. It is difficult to overstate how complicated these instructions are. The tax credit and individual responsibility provisions of the ACA were complicated to begin with, but have become ever more complex as new exceptions and special rules have been created as implementation of the legislation has proceeded. Many of the mostly low income Americans who will be completing these forms are marginally literate, at least in English, and have been accustomed to filing very simple tax forms like the 1040-EZ (which cannot be used by an individual claiming a tax credit) or perhaps not to filing taxes at all. They are likely to be confused, frustrated, even angry, and certainly bewildered, completing these forms. It is to be hoped that most of them will be assisted by well-trained tax preparers.
Mike McVay has extensive training related to the correct filing and processing of IRS form 8962. Although there will be an additional charge for this form, Mike beleives the correct advice from his firm will save tax liability for your 2015 tax year.