Resources ready to help residents submit info from their 1095-A form by the April 15 tax deadline
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today is urging all Washington Healthplanfinder customers to file their 2018 tax return correctly and on time to avoid losing financial help.
Residents who enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan last year through the state’s online marketplace must submit information from their 1095-A tax form to the Internal Revenue Service by April 15 or the conclusion of their tax-filing extension.
This action will allow those individuals to maintain their current eligibility and continue receiving tax credits that lower monthly premium payments.
“More than 130,000 Washingtonians currently rely on tax credits to help make their premium payments,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Customers should complete and then file their taxes to maintain their access to this financial help.”
Qualified Health Plan enrollees should have received their 1095-A tax form in January. Information from this form must be used to fill out IRS Form 8962 to reconcile any tax credits used to lower premiums payments throughout the previous year.
Customers may access a digital copy of their 1095-A by downloading the WAPlanfinder mobile app and then signing into their Washington Healthplanfinder account.
Tax season tools available online leading into the April 15 deadline include answers to Frequently Asked Questions, free software for self-filing federal income tax returns, and a directory of tax professionals who can assist with the filing process.
Free in-person help is also available through the Exchange’s network of trained navigators and brokers. Over-the-phone assistance can be reached by calling the toll-free Customer Support Center at 1 855-923-4633.
As of February, more than 200,000 Washingtonians purchased their 2019 health coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder during the most recent open enrollment period.
Residents currently without health insurance who have experienced a qualifying life event may still enroll in a plan using a special enrollment period.
Applying for a special enrollment period may be done by creating a new account or reporting a change to an existing account through www.wahealthplanfinder.org.