IRS referring to individual mandate tax as ‘shared responsibility payment’
posted at 11:46 am on February 28, 2014 by Guy Benson
Americans for Tax Reform catches the Obama administration’s latest addition to the newspeak lexicon:
In “Four Tax Facts about the Health Care Law for Individuals” the agency writes: Your 2014 tax return will ask if you had insurance coverage or qualified for an exemption. If not, you may owe a shared responsibility payment when you file in 2015. In “The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment- An Overview” the agency warns Americans they must prove they were covered each and every month of the year: For any month in 2014 that you or any of your dependents don’t maintain coverage and don’t qualify for an exemption, you will need to make an individual shared responsibility payment with your 2014 tax return filed in 2015.
Nope, it’s a tax — which, you’ll recall, is the only way this boondoggle squeaked past constitutional scrutiny. It’s a tax that overwhelmingly impacts the middle class. And it’s a tax that’s highly unpopular:
How much do Americans dislike the Obamacare individual mandate? In NYT poll, 68% disapprove… http://t.co/b8eqtmvER4
— Byron York (@ByronYork) December 19, 2013
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