HIRD or Health Insurance Responsibility Forms
HIRD Forms are DUE December 15, 2019 in Massachusetts
Massachusetts employers with 6 or more employees are required to file Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure Forms (referred to as HIRD) by December 15, 2019.
Filing will be available on November 15, 2019 on the MassTaxConnect (MTC) Web Portal. The Annual Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) Form is due no later than December 15, 2019.
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Who is required to complete the HIRD form?
Massachusetts businesses are required to complete the HIRD form if you reported six or more employees (includes all employment categories) in any DUA wage report during the past 12 months.
HOW TO SUBMIT THE HIRD FORM
The HIRD reporting is administered by the DOR through the MassTaxConnect (MTC) web portal. The MTC is where employer-taxpayers register to file returns, forms, and make tax payments. To file your HIRD form, login to your MTC withholding account and select the “File health insurance responsibility disclosure” hyperlink under the account alerts. If you do not have an MTC account, or if you forgot your password or username, you may follow the instructions provided on the MTC web page or contact the DOR at 617-466-3940.
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What is the difference between the NEW HIRD form and the old HIRD form?
The new HIRD form is different from the original HIRD form that was passed into law in 2006, and then later repealed in 2014. The old HIRD form consisted of both an employer form and an employee form, which required separate forms completed and signed by each employee who declined to enroll (in ESI or the Employer’s Section 125 Cafeteria Plan to pay for health insurance). The new HIRD form only consists of a single employer form, and only needs to be completed once annually for your company. The new HIRD form does not contain any personal information about your employees. and is used to inform MassHealth about employers’ ESI offerings and allow more MassHealth members to enroll in Premium Assistance.