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Notice: Marylanders can enroll in 2020 and 2021 health plans through Dec. 15, 2020. The application is available daily 5 a.m.-1 a.m.

Taxes

Taxes

Taxes

Taxes

Taxes

If you were enrolled in a private health plan through Maryland Health Connection at any time this year, there are important steps you need to take when you file your federal taxes.

1095-A

The information on Form 1095-A is used to determine the amount of taxes you will owe or the refund you receive, based on the tax credit you may have taken in advance to lower the cost of your health insurance plan.

Important next steps:

This form will be mailed by Jan. 31. It also is available in your online account. Look for your form in early February.

  1. Check to make sure the information on the form is correct.
    If you think the information is wrong or if you need another copy, call Maryland Health Connection at 1-855-642-8572. Deaf and hard of hearing use Relay service.
  2. Use the information to fill out IRS Form 8962.
    Form 8962 is an IRS form to reconcile the tax credits your health insurance company received based on your estimated income with the amount that you qualify for based on your actual income, as reported on your federal tax return.
  3. If your Form 1095-A Part III is empty or incomplete, if you applied to receive a tax credit through Maryland Health Connection and you believe your Form 1095-A Part III is incorrect, or if you had a change in your household during the plan year that you did not report to Maryland Health Connection, use this worksheet.

Reconciling

The process of comparing the financial help you received based on your estimated income with the amount you are eligible for based on your actual income at the end of the year is called reconciling premium tax credits.

If you received financial help for your health plan, you must file a federal tax return and reconcile your prior year tax credits with a Form 8962 in order to remain eligible for financial assistance in future years. If you do not file and reconcile, you may lose financial assistance and be responsible for the full cost of your health plan’s premium.

1095-B

If anyone in your household was enrolled in Medicaid or the Maryland Children’s Health Program through Maryland Health Connection last year, you will receive Form 1095-B in early February.

You do not need to send this form to the IRS when filing your taxes, if you file taxes. Instead, you will check a box on your tax return to indicate if you or members of your household had health coverage for that tax year.

Review Form 1095-B to be sure the information is correct, then save it with your other important tax documents.

Tax help

For specific tax-filing questions, ask your tax preparer. You may be able to get free help preparing your taxes.

Exemption

Starting with the 2019 plan year, for which you’ll file taxes in April 2020, the Shared Responsibility Payment no longer applies. This payment is sometimes known as the individual mandate or penalty. From 2019 on, you don’t need an exemption to avoid the penalty.

Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program

This tax season, you will be able to sign up for health coverage through an innovative new pilot program.

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