#1 IRS could tap refunds for health insurance penalties04-06-2010, 11:47 AM
Stevie Wonder could have seen this one coming...
(Reuters) - The Internal Revenue Service could tap individual tax returns to collect fines against people who fail to buy health insurance as required under recently enacted healthcare legislation, the U.S. tax commissioner said on Monday.
Most individuals are required to get health insurance under the new law, or face penalties that would be phased in over time. By 2016, people without coverage could see fines of 2 percent of their income.
Subsidies would help poorer people buy coverage, and states would set up exchanges to allow individuals and small groups shop for insurance.
People who do not comply would be levied penalties, and if they don't pay them the penalties could be taken out of their tax refunds.
"There has been some insinuation about how we are going to approach our job," IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said after speaking at the National Press Club.
Under the new law, the IRS cannot seize assets or levy fines, so Shulman said refunds were the most obvious option to collect penalties.
The new law aims to expand coverage to about 32 million uninsured Americans.
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04-06-2010, 02:35 PM
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The S.C. in all likelyhood will throw out the provision that everyone has to purchase health insurance. If they do not, the government can force us to buy or sell anything.
04-06-2010, 06:20 PM
Well if a new tax is introduced, unless you qualify for some credit, of course it's going to come out of your refund because your refund is the money leftover after paying your taxes.
New tax = smaller refund.
04-06-2010, 06:35 PM
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04-06-2010, 07:33 PM
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"Our president delivered his State of the Union message to Congress. That is one of the things his contract calls for -- to tell congress the condition of the country. This message, as I say, is to Congress. The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the president has to tell 'em." ~ Will Rogers
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