Prepare for Tax Season Now, Register Your Family in DEERS

When you register in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), you provide information necessary for you and your family to receive the full spectrum of your military benefits. Not adding your family to DEERS can affect their access to health care, submitted claim forms and now, your income tax reporting.

For tax season 2014, you self-reported on your federal tax form whether or not you and your family members had minimum essential coverage (MEC). This tax season, the Department of Defense (DoD) will report health care coverage of its service member and their dependents to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This report allows the IRS to determine which families had minimum essential coverage as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

For tax purposes, individuals and family members are identified by their Social Security Numbers (SSN). All sponsors should confirm that all individual and family members’ SSNs are correct in DEERS to ensure information is correctly reported to the IRS. Those who have not met the MEC requirement will be required to pay a fee for the number of months each family member did not have coverage. If your family information is not reported accurately in DEERS, then your IRS information will be reported incorrectly.

Beginning June 2015, the DOD asks all uniformed service members, retirees and annuitants to opt-in to getting their IRS Form electronically through myPay. For more information on how TRICARE works with the ACA, go to the TRICARE website. For more information about updating DEERS go to this TRICARE website.