The Affordable Care Act requires you and each member of your family to have qualifying health care coverage, qualify for an exemption from the responsibility to have minimum essential coverage, or make an individual shared responsibility payment when you file your federal income tax return. For purposes of ACA, qualifying health care coverage is also known as minimum essential coverage.

Minimum essential coverage includes:

Health plans offered in the individual market – plans offered by a health insurance issuer licensed by a state, including a qualified health plan offered through the federally-facilitated or a state-based Health Insurance Marketplace

Grandfathered health plans – plans that were in existence on March 23, 2010 and haven't been changed in ways that substantially cut benefits or increase costs for consumers – for more information, visit HealthCare.gov

Government-sponsored programs

  • Medicare Part A
  • Medicaid, except for certain programs
  • The Children's Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP
  • Coverage under the TRICARE program, except for certain programs
  • Coverage consisting of the medical benefits package for eligible veterans
  • Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Comprehensive health care for children suffering from spina bifida who are the children of Vietnam veterans and veterans of covered service in Korea
  • A health plan for Peace Corps volunteers
  • The Non-appropriated Fund Health Benefits Program of the Department of Defense

Employer-sponsored plans – coverage that you have through your employer, including:

  • A plan or coverage offered in the small or large group market within a state
  • A self-insured group health plan for employees
  • The Non-appropriated Fund Health Benefits Program of the Department of Defense
  • A governmental plan, such as the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
  • COBRA coverage
  • Retiree coverage

Other coverage designated by the Department of Health and Human Services

  • Coverage under Medicare Part C – Medicare Advantage
  • Refugee Medical Assistance
  • Employer coverage provided to business owners who are not employees
  • Coverage under a group health plan provided through insurance regulated by a foreign government if it meets certain requirements

Minimum essential coverage does not include coverage that may provide limited benefits.

For more information about minimum essential coverage, visit IRS.gov/aca and HealthCare.gov.

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Upcoming Tax Dates

October 9 — 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 15 — Individuals
If you have an automatic 6-month extension to file your income tax return for 2017, file Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ and pay any tax, interest, and penalties due - Details

October 15 — Corporations
File a 2017 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120) and pay any tax, interest, and penalties due. This due date applies only if you timely requested an automatic 6-month extension Details

October 15 — Partnerships
Electing large partnerships: File a 2017 calendar year return (Form 1065-B). This due date applies only if you were given an additional 6-month extension - Details

October 15 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in September.

October 31 — Certain small employers
Deposit any undeposited tax if your tax liability is $2,500 or more for 2017 but less than $2,500 for the third quarter.

October 31 — Federal unemployment tax
Deposit the tax owed through 09-if more than $500.

October 31 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax.
File Form 941 for the third quarter of 2018. Deposit or pay any undeposited tax under the accuracy of deposit rules .If your tax liability is less than $2,500, you can pay it in full with a timely filed return. If you deposited the tax for the quarter timely, properly, and in full, you have until 11-10 to file the return.

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