[HEALTH.MIL] Prepare for Tax Season Now, Register Your Family in DEERS

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  • Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2015 22:43:35 -0500

Prepare for Tax Season Now, Register Your Family in DEERS


When you register in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System
(DEERS), you provide information necessary for you and your family to receive
the full spectrum of your military benefits. Not adding your family to DEERS can
affect their access to health care, submitted claim forms and now, your income
tax reporting.

For tax season 2014, you self-reported on your federal tax form whether or not
you and your family members had minimum essential coverage (MEC). This tax
season, the Department of Defense (DoD) will report health care coverage of its
service member and their dependents to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This
report allows the IRS to determine which families had minimum essential coverage
as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

For tax purposes, individuals and family members are identified by their Social
Security Numbers (SSN). All sponsors should confirm that all individual and
family members' SSNs are correct in DEERS to ensure information is correctly
reported to the IRS. Those who have not met the MEC requirement will be
required to pay a fee for the number of months each family member did not have
coverage. If your family information is not reported accurately in DEERS, then
your IRS information will be reported incorrectly.

Beginning June 2015, the DOD asks all uniformed service members, retirees and
annuitants to opt-in to getting their IRS Form electronically through
<https://mypay.dfas.mil/> myPay. For more information on how
<http://www.tricare.mil/About/MEC.aspx> TRICARE works with the ACA, go to the
TRICARE website.

SOURCE: TRICARE News Release at http://www.tricare.mil/taxreporting070615

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