Friday, March 19, 2010

The Wrong Prescription: Democrats’ Health Overhaul Dangerously Expands IRS Authority

Committee on Ways and Means Republican Report
Prepared for Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) and Charles Boustany (RLA),
Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight
March 18, 2010

***Highlights of New IRS Authority***

IRS agents verify if you have “acceptable” health care

IRS has the authority to fine you up to $2,250 or 2 percent
of your income (whichever is greater) for failure to prove
that you have purchased “minimum essential coverage”

IRS can confiscate your tax refund

IRS audits are likely to increase

IRS will need up to $10 billion to administer the new health
care program this decade

IRS may need to hire as many as 16,500 additional
auditors, agents and other employees to investigate and
collect billions in new taxes from Americans

Nearly half of all these new individual mandate taxes will
be paid by Americans earning less than 300 percent of
poverty ($66,150 for a family of four)


Democrats prohibit the IRS from imposing these taxes and
penalties on illegal immigrants

Read the full report here.

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