I need clarity on a few of the codes, and also need guidance as to which situation would be applicable to which code. I have already downloaded the instruction forms, but still need clarity.


Anyone looking for 1095C instructions you can find them here. You can see our 1095 page for more details on 1095s. That page focuses on the 1095A, since C and B forms aren't mandatory until 2016, but a lot of the basic information is the same.

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Please see this PDF for details on 1095C forms from unitedhealth. This provides the best breakdown we have found so far. Also see the information below for more help.

In the meantime here are the 1095C forms:

Form 1094-C

Form 1095-C

Instructions for Form 1095-C (HTML) (also includes instructions for 1094-C)

All Form 1095-C Revisions

And here are some 1095C pointers:

  • Use the 1094C form to tell the IRS about whether you offered workers Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC)
  • You may see the term ALE used in the 1094 and 1095 instructions. This means Applicable Large Employer. As in an employer who must file the forms.
  • Use the 1095C form to show what coverage a worker had, what months they had coverage, or to show self insured coverage. You'll file one form per employee.
  • If an employer provided self-insured coverage. This section is used for showing family members who had coverage.

For further assistance you can always call the IRS helpline. Remember 1095-C forms are not mandatory until 2016.

IRS Telephone Lines and Hours of Operation

Service Telephone number Hours of operation
IRS Tax Help Line for Individuals (800) 829-1040 M–F, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., local time
Business and Specialty Tax Line (800) 829-4933 M–F, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., local time
Practitioner Priority Service (Practitioners Only) (866) 860-4259 M–F, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., local time
e-Help (Practitioners Only) (866) 255-0654 e-Help Desk Hours
Refund Hotline (800) 829-1954 Automated service is available 24/7
Forms and Publications (800) 829-3676 M–F, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., local time
National Taxpayer Advocate Help Line (877) 777-4778 M–F, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., local time
Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD):  Forms, Tax Help, TAS (800) 829-4059 M–F, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., local time
Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (800) 555-4477 24/7
Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TEGE) Help Line (877) 829-5500 M–F, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., local time
TeleTax Topics and Refund Status (800) 829-4477 24/7
Forms 706 and 709 Help Line (866) 699-4083 M–F, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., local time
Employer Identification Number (EIN) (800) 829-4933 M–F, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., local time
Excise Tax and Form 2290 Help Line (866) 699-4096 M–F, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., ET
Information Return Reporting (866) 455-7438 M–F, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., ET
Disaster or Combat Zone Special Hotline (866) 562-5227 M–F, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., local time
FBAR and Title 31 Help Line (866) 270-0733
(313) 234-6146 (not toll free)
M–F, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., ET

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Sheila Stokes on


ObamaCareFacts.com on

Do you mean the part about minimum essential coverage versus minimum value? For Line 14 of 1095-C:

In 1A (AKA 14A) you are saying if a qualifying offer was made. That is that you offered minimum essential coverage, providing minimum value, to at least employee and dependents (but also includes spouse if you offered to spouse). This is asking if that coverage was no more than 9.5% of employee only coverage for the employee’s share of the premium.

1B (AKA 14B) you are just looking at if minimum essential coverage providing minimum value was offered to the employee only.

So the first one is “did you make the offer you were supposed to make of offering a family plan to employee and tax dependents (and spouse if you choose”, the second one is only concerned with employee only coverage.


ps. Sometimes IRS forms ask you similar questions more than once. Part of this is because you need to have specific numbers (or answers) on specific lines for upcoming calculations.

Deb on

Line 22 on form 1094-C. Can all boxes be checked if we quality for all? We offer 100% of our emp. and families medical insurance after a 60 day waiting period and have an HRA in place that covers their deductibles. The employee contribution to the premium is based off the deductible amount which works out to be a contribution of 1/2 of the deductible amount (750/yr which = 21% of the single premium/yr. and 0 to the HRA (emp +families/spouses contribute 1500/yr total and 0 contribution to the HRA). If we check all the boxes do we use 1A in section 14?
Another question is Part III on 1095C. Our plan is not self insured but fully insured. Do I need to fill in the spouses and each dependent insured on their plan?
Last question, although we offer every employee insurance, not all of them enroll in our plan. Some enroll on their spouses or parents plans. Do I need to provide them with the 1095 C? If so do I use code 2C if they are not enrolled on our plan, but it is offered?

ObamaCareFacts.com on

We don’t have the answers to these questions, we encourage our readers to answer (and or hope that you will post the correct answers when you find them).

Teresa Lake on

Do you enter “1A” on line 14 for every employee if insurance is offered at $0 cost for employee only and minimum cost to spouse and dependents, even if an employee is single? We offer the same coverage to all employees ;however, they may not have a spouse or dependents.

ObamaCareFacts.com on

Good question. I want to tell you that I understand the difference between “1A” and “1E” or that “1B” implies that you refused coverage to dependents and spouse. But truth be told, it’s not that clear.

I would ask an accountant, barring this, I would feel that “1A” implied that you had done your job as an employer and offered coverage to everyone you could. I think the other specific answers are if you can offer coverage to another family member and don’t or if you don’t offering MEC at the right cost ratios.

Charlotte on

When would code 1I be used on line 14?

ObamaCareFacts.com on

I think that one is if the employer had transition relief and didn’t need to offer coverage, and in fact did not offer coverage.

From the instructions: https://www.irs.gov/instructions/i109495c/ar01.html

1I. Qualifying Offer Transition Relief 2015: Employee (and spouse or dependents) received no offer of coverage; received an offer that is not a qualifying offer; or received a qualifying offer for less than 12 months.

MaryAnn on

For line 16 on the 1095-C forms, what code do you use if the employee was offered qualifying coverage but declined to enroll?

ObamaCareFacts.com on

page 10 – 11: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i109495c.pdf

If i’m reading it right, you fill out 14 and then follow the directions for 15 and 16, this results in you not needing to fill out line 16. Given this is tax stuff, you’ll always want to double check and check with a professional tax person or at least verify yourself in the instructions.

Diana on

You will have to use any of the 3 Safe Harbor Codes for declination of Coverage. 2F, 2G, or 2H. Depends which one your company used to determine affordability.

marjie fuller on

Our company has a 30 day waiting period after full time status before health insurance becomes effective. What code should I use for that month. I do not see one that fits the 30 day waiting period description.

ObamaCareFacts.com on

So that is the two month or less coverage gap exemption. Only need to fill it in if there is a full month or greater. You can only take that exemption for one gap a year.

carolyn fleetwood on

What do you use on 1095C – row 16 if employee is not offered coverage because they are already on their spouses coverage with the same company? i.e. husband and wife both work and husband is dependant on wife’s coverage (or visaversa)

Katie on

I am filling out 1095-C forms for my employer – do I need to complete a 1095-C form for an employee that worked one day in the whole year? or an employee that worked less than 130 hours in a month then quit the job?

Bevelyn Rivera, SHRM-CP, PHR on

What is the code I use on 1095C for employees who carry Medicare.