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Get ready for tax season: Free help is available


Get ready for tax season: Free help is available

March 4, 2019

Tax season is here! It’s important to remember that information about your health coverage is part of the tax filing process. The IRS needs to know who had health coverage in 2018.

That's where Form 1095-B for health coverage comes in. It lets the IRS know who had coverage and for how long. You may get a Form 1095-B in the mail from the California Department of Health Care Services. Healthy Kids members enrolled through SCFHP may also get a 1095-B from SCFHP. Keep it, because you may need it when you complete your tax return.

If you have questions about Form 1095-B and how to answer whether you have minimal essential coverage (MEC) for health care, the California Department of Health Care Services has posted FAQs to help you: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/eligibility/Pages/1095_QA.aspx. You can also contact DHCS by phone:

  • Medi-Cal Members: 1-844-253-0883
  • Healthy Kids Members (Enrolled through CCHIP): 1-916-552-9200

If your income is less than $55,000, you may be able to get help preparing your taxes for FREE. Contact the organizations below for more information:

Vita Program

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who meet income guidelines. IRS-certified volunteers sponsored by local nonprofit organizations here in Santa Clara County can help you prepare your tax returns.

Help is available in several different languages.

Call 2-1-1 or go to https://www.sccgov.org/sites/scc/Pages/vita.aspx and https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/ for more information and locations. Some locations may require an appointment.

Remember the IRS Tax filing deadline is Monday, April 15, 2019.