Covered California, the state-run health exchange, has sent out almost 100,000 inaccurate forms that customers need to file their taxes, needed for customers to file their taxes, KPIX-TV
in San Francisco reports.
The forms, called a 1095-A, are needed for people to prove they have federally mandated health insurance, and they can't file their federal income tax without it. The deadline for mailing out the forms was Feb. 2, so Covered California opted to send out forms to meet the deadline even though such a large number contained incorrect information.
The number represents about 12 percent of Covered California's total customers.
Covered California spokesman Dana Howard told KPIX that most of the problems are due to discrepancies between Covered California's records and those of the insurance companies providing coverage.
"We did not want to hold up sending out the 1095s to everybody, so that we can correct those that we did have,” Howard told the station.
Corrected forms should be sent out by the end of the month, he said, but any of those that still contain errors would have to be disputed. An official dispute can take 60 days to rectify, which would put taxpayer's past the April 15 filing deadline.
Howard did not say whether Covered California would pay for any penalties incurred for late filing.
"We will be able to look at the dispute form, and get it completed and resolved as quickly as we possibly can," he said.
Those wanting to file quickly to receive a refund also are having to wait.
Then there is the case of Stacy Scoggins, who has been unable to receive a 1095-A at all. The widow says she needs her refund, but can't file until she gets the form.
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