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IRS referring to individual mandate tax as ‘shared responsibility payment’

posted at 11:46 am on February 28, 2014 by

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:

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Ignorance is Strength.

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM

A rose by any other name…..

Deano1952 on February 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I mean a pile of manure by any other name….

Deano1952 on February 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Prematurely dying so that moochers and looters can live is a shared responsibility, Citizen …

ShainS on February 28, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Mutual Ensured Destruction

portlandon on February 28, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Doubleplus good!

oldsquid on February 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

A rose by any other name…..

Deano1952 on February 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I mean a pile of manure by any other name….

Deano1952 on February 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

.
I was just about to jump on you, for that first comment, when I saw your second . . . . . excellent “recovery”. . : )

listens2glenn on February 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

The Obamacare law forbids the IRS from prosecuting people who refuse to pay this “tax” and doesn’t allow them any mechanism for collecting it other than deducting it from a refund.

But since the REST of the Obamacare law is apparently made of play-doh and can be modified by Obama as often as “The Wiz” changes “the color” they will disregard this detail.

I think that The Regime is worried that people will DEFY this en mass and are trying to get ahead of it by issuing threats and intimidation EARLY. Defying the mandate tax might be the first significant mass act of CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE encountered by The Regime.

ConstantineXI on February 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Perhaps, in quick-time, righteous indignation will overcome fear of and attempts at intimidation by, the IRS as well as the bhussein0&krew. I detect elections and oustings in the works… ;-) (G-dSpeed!)

KissMyAmericanFlag on February 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

listens2glenn on February 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Lucky for me I came to my senses!!

Deano1952 on February 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Individual Shared Responsibility Payment

…how…Orwellian…

Ricard on February 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM

They used this rhetoric when the bill was first introduced. Pretty ballsy of them to do it now, though, after the Supreme court explicitly ruled it a tax.

rockmom on February 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

So, the IRS went full commie?

Blake on February 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Has anyone told Benedict Roberts?

Occams Stubble on February 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Truth in advertising from the IRS….

Old IRS……We don’t use lube and we like it.

New IRS…..We now use lube and you will like it.

HonestLib on February 28, 2014 at 4:52 PM

I don’t think “shared” means what you think it means.

Ronnie on February 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I should have recommended this kind of ‘branding’ to Wesley Snipes. Refusal to pay income tax is merely ‘individual income redistribution.’

xNavigator on February 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Interesting how the “shared responsibility” to pay for health care is not “shared” by all the people who use our health care system. For example, the tens of millions of illegal aliens living illegally in the U.S. don’t have to “share” in the “responsibility” of paying for the health care they use here.

Some animals really are more equal than others.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Ayn Rand was right.

Good Lt on February 28, 2014 at 8:01 PM

John Galt to the white courtesy phone…

englishqueen01 on February 28, 2014 at 9:31 PM

…abolish them!

KOOLAID2 on March 1, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Erich Honecker would be proud. It’s right up there with the Berlin wall anti-fascist protection barrier.

Ted Torgerson on March 1, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Got to love the IRSS. Next they will call a Tax Audit a financial presentation with a complimentary concrete suppository

Brock Robamney on March 1, 2014 at 9:37 AM

is the only way this boondoggle squeaked past constitutional scrutiny

no, it was specifically argued as not a tax.
in order for roberts to comply with the meme that all laws passed by congress start as constitutional HE renamed it a tax.

dmacleo on March 1, 2014 at 1:27 PM

no, it was specifically argued as not a tax.
in order for roberts to comply with the meme that all laws passed by congress start as constitutional HE renamed it a tax.

Did he sign up? Me thinks not.

LeftCoastRight on March 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM