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Miami CPA Warns about Obamacare Tax Glitch Fallout

Miami CPA warns Obamacare error on form 1095A forces 800,000 taxpayers who signed up for health insurance have to amend 2014 tax returns.

Government officials are asking them to delay filing their tax returns until the first of week of March, at the earliest. Miami CPA, Gustavo A Viera estimates that about 50,000 individuals who have already filed, may have to resubmit their 2014 returns. As a result, refunds for taxpayers will be delayed, not to mention the extra hassle.

But the impact for Miami CPA firms and around the country still remains to be seen.

The culprit is Form 1095-A (Health Insurance Marketplace Statement), which is sort of like a W-2 for health care purchasers. About 20 percent of those who bought a health care marketplace plan in 2014 and used tax credits to lower their premiums received faulty information, due to a miscalculation of the premium benchmark amount. Government officials say that these taxpayers will receive revised 1095-AS.

Taxpayers can find out the status of a Form 1095-A by logging into their account at HealthCare.gov. A notification has been posted as to whether or not their form was affected.

Reaction to the news was swift. As expected, Republicans lambasted the Obama administration for the glitch, amidst renewed calls to repeal the controversial health care law. For its part, the White House stressed that the vast majority of HealthCare.gov customers have received the correct forms. About 11.4 million taxpayers signed up for this year.

Miami CPA, Gustavo A Viera, pointed out the inconvenience for early filers “These clients, who subsequently will receive a corrected 1095A, will have to amend their tax return and could face an additional repayment obligation for portions of the Advance Premium Tax Credit,”

The unfortunate reality is that for many of these impacted taxpayers, the tax refund could be the single largest financial payout of the year. For those who have not filed, through no fault of their own, they are being told to wait to file a tax return, further delaying access to their tax refund. Neither the client, nor the Miami CPA, have any indication at the time the client files that the 1095A information is not accurate, which could lead to additional notices and amended returns if the information is proved inaccurate later.

About 

Gustavo A Viera is the managing partner of Gustavo A Viera, PA. His experience spans more than 25 years. He started his career in public accounting at PriceWaterHouseCoopers where reached the level senior audit manager. His Fortune 500 experience includes positions as CFO – Latin America Region for both Hewlett Packard and Telefonica of Spain. Gustavo also writes a blog twice a week that addresses trending accounting and tax issues. He is an SBA Advisor and teaches workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs. His office is located at One Alhambra Plaza Floor PH Coral Gables FL 33134, and is admitted to practice in the State of Florida as a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Gus welcomes questions and he can be reached at 786-250-4450.

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Gustavo VieraGustavo A Viera is the managing partner of Gustavo A Viera, PA. His experience spans more than 25 years. He started his career in public accounting at PriceWaterHouseCoopers where reached the level senior audit manager. His Fortune 500 experience includes positions as CFO - Latin America Region for both Hewlett Packard and Telefonica of Spain. Gustavo also writes a blog twice a week that addresses trending accounting and tax issues. He is an SBA Advisor and teaches workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs. His office is located at One Alhambra Plaza Floor PH Coral Gables FL 33134, and is admitted to practice in the State of Florida as a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Gus welcomes questions and he can be reached at 786-250-4450.View all posts by Gustavo Viera →

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