WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is offering educational Health Care Tax Tips to help individuals understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect their taxes.

The IRS has designed the Health Care Tax Tips to help people understand what they need to know for the federal individual income tax returns they are filing this year, as well as for future tax returns. This includes information on the Premium Tax Credit and making health care coverage choices.

Although many of the tax provisions included in the law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, most do not affect the 2013 tax returns.

The Health Care Tax Tips, which are now available at IRS.gov/aca, include:

  • IRS Reminds Individuals of Health Care Choices for 2014 — Find out what you need to know about how health care choices you make for 2014 may affect your taxes.
  • The Health Insurance Marketplace - Learn about Your Health Insurance Coverage Options – Find out about getting health care coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • The Premium Tax Credit — Learn the basics of the Premium Tax Credit, including who might be eligible and how to get the credit.
  • The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment – An Overview — Provides information about types of qualifying coverage, exemptions from having coverage, and making a payment if you do not have qualifying coverage or an exemption.
  • Three Timely Tips about Taxes and the Health Care Law — Provides tips that help with filing the 2013 tax return, including information about employment status, tax favored health plans and itemized deductions.
  • Four Tax Facts about the Health Care Law for Individuals — Offers basic tips to help people determine if the Affordable Care Act affects them and their families, and where to find more information.
  • Changes in Circumstances can Affect your Premium Tax Credit — Learn the importance of reporting any changes in circumstances that involve family size or income when advance payments of the Premium Tax Credit are involved.

In addition to Health Care Tax Tips, the IRS.gov/aca website offers informative flyers and brochures, Frequently Asked Questions and in-depth legal guidance regarding the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Individuals interested in receiving copies of IRS tax tips via email on a variety of topics, including the Affordable Care Act, can subscribe at www.irs.gov/uac/Subscribe-to-IRS-Tax-Tips.

Visit TaxACT's website, healthcareact.com, for more information about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on taxes. Get our free year-by-year tax guide, read our ACA blog posts, and calculate your potential insurance savings or tax penalty.

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Upcoming Tax Dates

October 10 — Everyone
Federal Holiday (Columbus Day) - Details

October 11 — Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during September, report them to your employer - Details

October 13 — Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method (special September deposit rule).
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the period beginning September 12 and ending September 15.

October 14 — Regular method taxes (special September deposit rule).
Deposit the tax for the last 4 days of September.

October 17 — Individuals
If you have an automatic 6-month extension to file your income tax return for 2015, file Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ and pay any tax, interest, and penalties due - Details

October 17 — Partnerships
Electing large partnerships: File a 2015 calendar year return (Form 1065-B). This due date applies only if you were given an additional 6-month extension - Details

October 17 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in September.

October 17 — Nonpayroll withholding
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in September.

October 26 — Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method.
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the last 15 days of September.

October 28 — Regular method taxes
Deposit the tax for the first 15 days in October.

October 31 — Certain small employers
Deposit any undeposited tax if your tax liability is $2,500 or more for 2016 but less than $2,500 for the third quarter.

October 31 — Federal unemployment tax
Deposit the tax owed through September if more than $500.

October 31 — Form 720 taxes.
File Form 720 for the third quarter of 2016.

October 31 — Wagering tax
File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during September.

October 31 — Heavy highway vehicle tax
File Form 2290 and pay the tax for vehicles first used in September.

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