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John Kartch and Ryan Ellis

New IRS Form Proves Obama Lied About Individual Mandate Tax


Posted by John Kartch and Ryan Ellis on Friday, July 25th, 2014, 10:59 AM PERMALINK


On Thursday the IRS released a slew of draft 2014 tax forms. The new draft Form 1040 shows a new surtax line has been created for the payment of the individual mandate surtax – see line 61 of the 1040:


President Obama has repeatedly denied that the surtax is in fact actually a tax. The most prominent example was a heated exchange on ABC’s This Week in Sept. 2009, when George Stephanopoulos confronted Obama with a dictionary:

STEPHANOPOULOS: I -- I don't think I'm making it up. Merriam Webster's Dictionary: Tax -- "a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes."

OBAMA: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn't have gone to the dictionary to check on the definition. I mean what...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, no, but...

OBAMA: ...what you're saying is...

STEPHANOPOULOS: I wanted to check for myself. But your critics say it is a tax increase.

OBAMA: My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I'm taking over every sector of the economy. You know that.

Look, we can have a legitimate debate about whether or not we're going to have an individual mandate or not, but...

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you reject that it's a tax increase?

OBAMA: I absolutely reject that notion. [Transcript]

 

 

It was always obvious that the penalty for not complying with Obamacare’s individual mandate was just another surtax:

  • The surtax is collected by, and enforced by, the IRS.
  • As shown by the newly released draft Form 1040, the surtax is paid as part of normal income tax filing by taxpayers.
  • The individual mandate surtax was written into tax law itself by the Obamacare statute.
  • Revenues derived from the individual mandate surtax have always been scored by the Congressional Budget Office as tax revenue.

 

Famously, Chief Justice John Roberts pointed out that the individual mandate surtax is in fact a tax. However, that does not compel conservatives to agree that Obamacare’s individual mandate is Constitutional. The same decision declared the individual mandate unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause. Conservatives can accept that this surtax is a tax increase without accepting the constitutionality of the individual mandate.

The Obamacare individual mandate non-compliance surtax is one of at least seven Obamacare taxes that violate the President’s “firm pledge” not to raise any tax on any American making less than $250,000 per year. Thorough documentation of Obama’s promise can be found here.

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Anonomust

If I had used the word Hispanic instead of spic, would that have changed anything? Do the facts I pointed out have ever so less of an impact? W/o checking, can you remember any facts I mentioned? Or are you so offended by a PC offense, that real meaning slipped through those brain cells. We are so worried about PC we cannot even prioritize what's killing this country. Because some 'Neanderthal'(your kinds polite term) used a racial "slur" when opening about real world realities, you think that "sets us back". Imagine this, we are in a war fighting gun to gun, and our side yells out ,drop your guns spics, what effect would that have towards winning the battle? What I'm pointing out is there is a much bigger dynamic going on in the world and when every kind of filthy word imaginable is spoken and accepted in our culture, but oh say something offensive to the PC crowd and that dominates all the F-bombs and C words put together. I want my country and south Florida back, so when that starts , I'll show the other cultures some respect and drop terms like that. But that ain't happening.

TexasStomp

You may be on to a better lawsuit. Everyone can show that taxes take money out of their pocket and thus limit their use of the fruit of their own labor. Why not sue to do away with taxes altogether? :)

Kage

Essentially this is affecting all of us because it is causing our premiums to skyrocket.


60 Days Until Individual Mandate Tax


Posted by John Kartch and Ryan Ellis on Friday, November 1st, 2013, 10:57 AM PERMALINK


Starting on Jan. 1, 2014, anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance – as defined by President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services -- must pay an income surtax to the IRS. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that six million American families will be liable for the tax, and as pointed out by the Associated Press:  “Most would be in the middle class.”

When fully phased in, the individual mandate surtax will equal the greater of 2.5 percent of a family’s Adjusted Gross Income, or a dollar amount specified by Obamacare (ranging from $695 to $2,085.)

The only way millions of Americans can avoid this tax is by successfully enrolling in a health insurance plan on Obamacare’s website, Healthcare.gov.  As has been widely noted, the website is largely inoperable and will be for the foreseeable future.

Americans liable for the surtax must pay the following amounts:

 

1 Adult

2 Adults

3+ Persons

2014

1% AGI/$95

1% AGI/$190

1% AGI/$285

2015

2% AGI/$325

2% AGI/$650

2% AGI/$975

2016 +

2.5% AGI/$695

2.5% AGI/$1390

2.5% AGI/$2085

The U.S. House has voted to delay the individual mandate for one year but it is being blocked in the Senate by Democrat leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

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