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ACA Form 1095-C Line 16 Applicable Section 4980H Safe Harbor Codes

Below is a list of the Applicable Section 4980H Safe Harbor Codes that are valid for line 16 on Form 1095-C:

Code 2A: Employee not employed during the month. Enter code 2A if the employee was not employed on any day of the calendar month. Do not use code 2A for a month if the individual was an employee of the ALE Member on any day of the calendar month. Do not use code 2A for the month during which an employee terminates employment with the ALE Member.

Code 2B: Employee not a full-time employee. Enter code 2B if the employee is not a full-time employee for the month and did not enroll in minimum essential coverage, if offered for the month. Enter code 2B also if the employee is a full-time employee for the month and whose offer of coverage (or coverage if the employee was enrolled) ended before the last day of the month solely because the employee terminated employment during the month (so that the offer of coverage or coverage would have continued if the employee had not terminated employment during the month).

Code 2C: Employee enrolled in health coverage offered. Enter code 2C for any month in which the employee enrolled for each day of the month in health coverage offered by the ALE Member, regardless of whether any other code in Code Series 2 might also apply (for example, the code for a section 4980H affordability safe harbor) except as provided below. Do not enter code 2C on line 16 for any month in which the multiemployer interim rule relief applies (enter code 2E). Do not enter code 2C on line 16 if code 1G is entered in line 14. Do not enter code 2C on line 16 for any month in which a terminated employee is enrolled in COBRA continuation coverage or other post-employment coverage (enter code 2A). Do not enter code 2C on line 16 for any month in which the employee enrolled in coverage that was not minimum essential coverage.

Code 2D: Employee in a section 4980H(b) Limited Non-Assessment Period. Enter code 2D for any month during which an employee is in a section 4980H(b) Limited Non-Assessment Period. If an employee is in an initial measurement period, enter code 2D (employee in a section 4980H(b) Limited Non-Assessment Period) for the month, and not code 2B (employee not a full-time employee). For an employee in a section 4980H(b) Limited Non-Assessment Period for whom the ALE Member is also eligible for the multiemployer interim rule relief for the month, enter code 2E (multiemployer interim rule relief) and not code 2D (employee in a section 4980H(b) Limited Non-Assessment Period).

Code 2E: Multiemployer interim rule relief. Enter code 2E for any month for which the multiemployer arrangement interim guidance applies for that employee, regardless of whether any other code in Code Series 2 (including code 2C) might also apply. This relief is described under Offer of Health Coverage in the Definitions section of these instructions.
Note. Although ALE Members may use the section 4980H affordability safe harbors to determine affordability for purposes of the multiemployer arrangement interim guidance, an ALE Member eligible for the relief provided in the multiemployer arrangement interim guidance for a month for an employee should enter code 2E (multiemployer interim rule relief), and not code 2F, 2G, or 2H (codes for section 4980H affordability safe harbors).

Code 2F: Section 4980H affordability Form W-2 safe harbor. Enter code 2F if the ALE Member used the section 4980H Form W-2 safe harbor to determine affordability for purposes of section 4980H(b) for this employee for the year. If an ALE Member uses this safe harbor for an employee, it must be used for all months of the calendar year for which the employee is offered health coverage.

Code 2G: Section 4980H affordability federal poverty line safe harbor. Enter code 2G if the ALE Member used the section 4980H federal poverty line safe harbor to determine affordability for purposes of section 4980H(b) for this employee for any month(s).

Code 2H: Section 4980H affordability rate of pay safe harbor. Enter code 2H if the ALE Member used the section 4980H rate of pay safe harbor to determine affordability for purposes of section 4980H(b) for this employee for any month(s).
Note. An affordability safe harbor code should not be entered on line 16 for any month that the ALE member did not offer minimum essential coverage to at least 95% of its full-time employees and their dependents (that is, any month for which the ALE member checked the “No” box on Form 1094-C, Part III, column (a)). For more information, see the instructions for Form 1094-C, Part III, column (a).

Code 2I: Reserved.

 

Note. References to 9.5% in the section 4980H affordability safe harbors and Qualifying Offer Method are applied based on the percentage as indexed for purposes of applying the affordability thresholds under section 36B (the premium tax credit). The percentage, as adjusted, is 9.69% for plan years beginning in 2017, and 9.56% for plan years beginning in 2018.

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