Tax Compliance for Obamacare Amounts to 80 Million Hours

Posted by Rhett Brooks on Monday, September 17th, 2012, 12:37 PM PERMALINK

The House Committee on Ways and Means has compiled an estimate of the total amount of hours it will take to comply with the taxes contained in Obamacare.  Based on IRS estimates, it will take nearly 80 million hours for families and businesses to comply with Obamacare taxes.   To put this in perspective, according to Ways and Means, it is the equivalent of the Empire State Building being constructed 11 times, a building which took 7 million man-hours to build.

To make matters worse, Ways and Means has concluded that over half of the burden of tax compliance for Obamacare will fall on small businesses. 

The IRS's numbers have led many, including former IRS Commissioner Fred Goldberg to express their disapproval with Obamacare.  At the Ways and Means hearing last Tuesday, Goldberg stated:

"I believe the ACA in its current form will be a needless administrative and compliance quagmire formillions of Americans and that the ACA's powerful financial incentives will lead to significant unintended consequences that policy makers very much want to avoid."

Below is the number of hours each tax component of Obamacare will take for compliance and the aggregate amount at the bottom.


 Annual Burden in Labor Hours

1545-0023 Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return


1545-0047 Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax Under Section 501(c), 527, or 4947(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code (except black lung benefit trust or private foundation)


1545-0090 Form 1040-SS, U.S. Self-Employment Tax Return; Form 1040-PR, Planilla Para La Declaracion De La Contribucion Federal Sobre El Trabajo Por Cuenta Propia-Puerto Rico; and Anejo H-PR


1545-0895 Form 3800, General Business Credit


1545-2172 Affordable Care Act Enrollment Opportunity Notice Relating to Extended Dependent Coverage


1545-2175 Form 8942 - Application for Certification of Qualified Investments Eligible for Credits; Notice 2010-XX - Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Credit


1545-2177 Indoor Tanning Services; Cosmetic Services; Excise Tax


1545-2178 Interim Final Rules for Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Coverage Relating to Status as a Grandfathered Health Plan under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (TD XXXX)


1545-2179 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Enrollment Opportunity Notice Relating to Lifetime Benefits


1545-2180 Affordable Care Act Notice of Rescission


1545-2181 Affordable Care Act Notice of Patient Protections


1545-2182 Affordable Care Act Internal Claims and Appeals and External Review Disclosures


1545-2192 Form 8947 - Report of Branded Prescription Drug Information


1545-2198 Form 8941 - Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums


1545-2209 Branded Prescription Drugs


1545-2232 Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit   






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