New for tax year 2015 is the 1095-B, which verifies a benefit recipient's enrollment in the OPERS Health Care plan.
As a retired Ohio PERS member, the beneficiary of a deceased Ohio PERS retired member, or a member receiving a disability benefit, your retirement benefit must be reported on your federal income tax return.
OPERS is required by the Internal Revenue Service to calculate the taxable amount of your benefit. The taxable amount is then reported to the IRS and is used as the basis for withholding calculations.
The two forms mailed out to OPERS benefit recipients are the:
OPERS will supply you with the taxable amount of your benefit by sending you a Form 1099-R. We will begin mailing 1099-R statements to our benefit recipients during January.
This guide will provide general assistance to you or your tax advisor in the preparation of your federal and state income tax returns. If you have additional questions, please contact your tax advisor.
If you wish to access your 1099-R prior to receiving it in the mail, you can do so by logging into your OPERS online account after Jan. 22, 2016. Once in your online account, click on 'Documents.'
Watch this video to understand your 1099-R tax return.
OPERS will provide retirees participating in OPERS Health Care with a Form 1095-B for tax year 2015. Form 1095-B is a health insurance tax form which reports the type of coverage you have, dependents covered by your insurance policy, and the period of coverage for the prior year. This form is used to verify on your tax return that you and your dependents have the minimum essential health insurance coverage.
Under the Affordable Care Act, taxpayers who do not have minimum essential coverage must pay a penalty when they file their tax returns. Having a 1095-B in hand is proof that you had the type of coverage required by the Affordable Care Act.
This new form will show who was covered under your health plan in 2015 and when they were covered. The form does not show the amount paid for health care premiums.
OPERS will mail the Form 1095-Bs at the same time as the 1099-R's. As with the 1099-R's, if you wish to access your 1095-B prior to receiving it in the mail or need to print additional copies, you can do so by logging into your OPERS online account after Jan. 22, 2016. Once in your online account, click on 'Documents.'
For more information, refer to the Tax-guide.