Form 8885


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What Is Form 8885

Form 8885 is a tax document provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for eligible individuals to claim the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC). This credit helps to make health insurance more affordable for certain taxpayers by allowing them to claim a significant portion of their health insurance premiums on their tax return. Specifically designed to benefit those who are receiving Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA), or Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) pension payments, this tax form plays a critical role in providing financial relief concerning health care costs.

When to Use IRS Tax Form 8885

The situations when you should consider using IRS tax form 8885 include:

  • You are an eligible Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) recipient, or you are a qualifying family member of a TAA recipient.
  • You are entitled to Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) or are a qualifying family member of an RTAA recipient.
  • You are a recipient of certain benefits from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) or a qualifying family member.
  • You have paid for qualified health insurance premiums, not including any amount a person's employer has already covered or that was used to claim another tax deduction or credit.

How To Fill Out Form 8885 Instruction

Identification Section:

Enter the recipient's name of the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).

Provide the recipient's Social Security Number.

Part I: Election To Take the Health Coverage Tax Credit

Check the box for the first month you elect to take the HCTC and for each subsequent month where you meet the eligibility criteria.

Confirm that on the first day of the month checked, you were an eligible TAA, ATAA, RTAA recipient, or PBGC payee (or a qualifying family member), you paid for HCTC-qualified health insurance, were not enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, FEHBP, or TRICARE, not imprisoned, and your (or your spouse's) employer did not pay 50% or more of the insurance cost.

Part II: Health Coverage Tax Credit Calculation 2.

Enter the total amount you paid directly to your health plan for HCTC-qualified health insurance coverage for the months indicated in Part I.

Final Steps:

Review your entries to make sure they are accurate and complete.

Attach form 8885 to your tax return (form 1040, 1040-SR, 1040-NR, 1040-SS, or 1040-PR).

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