IRS updates electronic filing specifications for ACA forms

The IRS has issued the electronic filing specifications for ACA forms. Publication 5165, Guide for Electronically Filing Affordable Care Act (ACA) Information Returns (AIR) for Software Developers and Transmitters (Processing Year [PY] 2018), outlines the communication procedures, transmission formats, business rules and validation procedures for information returns transmitted electronically through the AIR System. To develop software for use with the AIR System, Software Developers, Transmitters, and Issuers should use the guidelines provided in the publication along with the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Schemas published on IRS.gov. The procedures in the publication should be used when the following information returns are transmitted electronically for TY2015, TY2016, and TY2017 in PY2018:

  • 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.

The publication does not contain information or procedures for filing Forms 1095-A. (IRS. Pub. 5165, Guide for Electronically Filing Affordable Care Act (ACA) Information Returns for Software Developers and Transmitters (Processing Year 2018), (Rev. 10-2017).)

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