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IRSBy Kim Dixon

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday assured congressional lawmakers that agents would play no role in enforcing the controversial requirement that Americans buy insurance under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

"IRS revenue agents will not be involved. There will not be audits," IRS Deputy Commissioner Steven Miller told a subcommittee of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

The law, passed in 2010 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, will charge individuals a fee, or tax, if they fail to buy insurance starting in 2014.

Opponents of the health care measure have focused on that requirement, with some Republicans saying they worry the IRS, the agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement, will harass people who fail to buy insurance.

"In most cases, taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and-or making a payment, and there will be no need for further interactions with the IRS," Miller said.

Under the law, Americans who lack health insurance will have to pay an annual fee to the IRS of $95, or 1 percent of taxable household income, starting in 2014.

By 2016, that will rise to $695 per person, with a cap that equals the greater of $2,085 per family or 2.5 percent of household income.

About 1% of the population will be charged for not buying insurance, government watchdogs have estimated.

Republicans questioned Miller about how many new agents would be needed to apply the law, and whether the agency would be able to keep up its core mission of tax collection.

At the hearing, the latest in a series on the healthcare law, staff for Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), who heads the subcommittee, handed out a paper blasting the law as an "explosion of regulatory burdens."

The law contains a number of new tax provisions, from the so-called individual mandate to tax credits for small businesses and levies on the wealthy to help pay for coverage.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney this week said that although he wants to repeal the law, he would keep popular provisions such as some related to protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions.



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dlsbasscop

I have heard plenty of people witness that Romeny has helped lots of people privatly with his own money without need to boost. I have not seen the same charitable action from Obama in his Chicago (paid street organizer) days nor College days (mostly secret or drug reltated). Democrats would have you believe Romney is an Evil Governor but I say he is a good man from a good family. Romney would not let his brother struggle in Kenya on $20 like Obama has his brother. Nor would Romney let two relatives live in America illegally like Obama. Romney has shown by past action he would have HELPED those people in some way. Obama just keeps them Secret like so many things he hides from Ameicans (fast and furious invetigations come to mind). Obama is now in hot water for HIS Govenor pick Siebilius from KS, home of Tiller the Baby Killer, for Campaigning on Government Time. She Broke the Law and now Obama is trying to cover that up also by changing the records. You have failed America Obama, and after the Country gave you every chance. You had the White House, Both Houses of Congress and the peoples support . The trickery in Obamacare with taxes in unbelievable and I guess that is why it is 2200 pages, to hide things.

September 13 2012 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ddstan1120

The IRS is the biggest collection agency in the world, and the Obama regime has just added 16,000 more agents to monitor Obamacare, to make sure everyone (except Obama's backers) pay their "fair share".
You can be sure that if you don't follow along like the other "sheeple", you will be paid a visit.

September 13 2012 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bkfestus

$695.00 per person in 2016 for not having insurance. sign me up now i'll save over $6000.00 a year in insurance premiums. just one question who covers the cost of their insurance?

September 13 2012 at 8:16 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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reed74205

You don't get insurance for $695... You would just pay the fine.

September 14 2012 at 2:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
DUTCHBASTARD

WHAT IS THE PER CENTAGE OF THE POPULATION THAT SIMPLY IGNORES THE IRS AND TAXES ALL TOGETHER, ALONG WITH MOST GOVT REQUIREMENTS FOR ANYTHING? IT WAS QUOTED AS HIGH AS 20%...IS IT ANY SMALLER NOW? HOW MUCH DOES THAT EFFECT ALL THIS PLANNING? THAT GROUP WILL JUST CONTINUE TO SHOW UP AT THE EMERGENCY ROOM WHENEVER THEY NEED TO...

September 13 2012 at 7:20 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
toosmart4u

Do not be fooled. The republicans want to get rid of all federal programs. Healthcare, social security, medicare and medicade. If you vote for the GOP in this coming election you will pay for it in your retirement years. We must save this great country for our children and grandchildreen.

September 13 2012 at 7:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
flbuyer1

So the IRS is basically saying that it wont be enforced,right?

September 13 2012 at 6:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
makaveli559m

Yeah Romneys and Ryans appeal would be to get rid of medical for everyone but still have vouchers to fight among ourselfs while there own pals get it for free! Talk about giving back to the people all they want to do is take and take!

September 13 2012 at 4:22 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Kevin byDesign

When Romney says he likes parts of Health care Reform; It shouldn't surprise anyone. What's funny is Mitt saying he would "Over turn Health care day 1 of his presidency". That's Mitt's way of "Self Deporting" His own healthcare plan. I hear people parrot talking points calling The Affordable Care Act, "Socialized Medicine" . When It's a big wet kiss to private free market Insurance companies.
If anyone is worried about the IRS auditing them? Romney seems to have things to hide..

September 13 2012 at 4:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kuntheer

This does not sound like an IRS Job; it sounds more like a Job for a new group in Black leather duck stepping, that supports an evolving leader with the power of indefinite detention, who usurps the checks and balances, and welds executive decision, and the power of mandate, one with the power to force abortion on the church; But then again we were promised CHANGE.

September 13 2012 at 3:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Daniel

Hey Kunt,

Where were you when Bush was doing all the things you say, PLUS STARTING TWO WARS? Where will you be if Romney does the same? Oh that's right, ******* your thumb.

September 16 2012 at 5:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Frankie

No worries. Republicans are about to LOSE their power in congress this year anyway. Buh bye, party of NO.

September 13 2012 at 12:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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jimnj1253

You are a complete idiot Frankie

September 13 2012 at 3:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply