I received a subsidy under the ACA as a self-employed person but I don’t think I’ll have all my stuff together to file by April 15. Can I file a form 4868 and then file my full return by October 15 (as I usually do)?
Nothing in ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act) prevents you from filing for a tax extension using form 4868. There is no ACA related penalty for filing the extension. However, the regular penalties and rules still apply to filing using 4868. See 4868 instructions for details. We would assume "troubles with ACA forms" would count as "reasonable cause" for filing the extension, but we have no proof of this.
That being said, you shouldn't necessarily put off filing due to not having a 1095 form specifically. You can find most of the information found on your 1095 by looking at your past premium payments, your cost assistance amounts on your Marketplace account, and by using the second lowest cost silver plan tool.
Other IRS extension forms:
Extensions for Corporations, Partnerships, REMICs, and Certain Trusts
- Form 7004, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File Certain Business Income Tax, Information, and Other Returns
- Form 1138, Extension of Time for Payment of Taxes by a Corporation Expecting a Net Operating Loss Carryback
Other Extension Forms
- Form 2350 Application for Extension of Time to File U.S. Income Tax Return (For U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad Who Expect To Qualify for Special Tax Treatment)
- Form 4768 Application for Extension of Time to File a Return and/or Pay U.S. Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Taxes
- Form 5558 Application for Extension of Time to File Certain Employee Plan Returns
- Form 8809 Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns
- Form 8868, Application for Extension of Time To File an Exempt Organization Return.
- Form 8892, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File Form 709 and/or Payment of Gift/Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax