Some More Thoughts about the IRS

I hope that it will not be the case, but I would suspect that there are some liberals out there who would support the idea of the IRS auditing the Tea Party. If you are reading this and agree with that sentiment then consider if the situation were reversed. What if a Republican administration were targeting liberal advocacy groups for extra attention? You really don’t have to use your imagination; Presidents Johnson and Nixon used the IRS to harass anti-Vietnam War protestors. Using the power of the state to intimidate dissenting organizations is simply unacceptable regardless of party or ideology.

It might be a good idea to consider alternatives to the income tax. Neal Boortz and other libertarians have proposed a “fair” tax, an national sales tax to replace the income tax. I have tended to oppose this since I believe that such a tax would be regressive in nature, placing a greater tax burden on the poor than the rich, not to mention that the political difficulties enacting such a tax would be insuperable. A fair tax wouldn’t be subject to the kind of abuse that the income tax has proved to be and it would not require individuals to provide personal information about their finances that the income tax does. There may be other alternatives to consider.

The IRS is expected to play a major role in implementing Obamacare. According to Americans for Tax Reform

When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form.

The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.

As confirmed by IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making a payment”.

So why will the Obama IRS require your personal identifying health information?

Simply put, there is no way for the IRS to enforce Obamacare’s individual mandate without such an invasive reporting scheme.  Every January, health insurance companies across America will send out tax documents to each insured individual.  This tax document—a copy of which will be furnished to the IRS—must contain sufficient information for taxpayers to prove that they purchased qualifying health insurance under Obamacare.

This new tax information document must, at a minimum, contain: the name and health insurance identification number of the taxpayer; the name and tax identification number of the health insurance company; the number of months the taxpayer was covered by this insurance plan; and whether or not the plan was purchased in one of Obamacare’s “exchanges.”

This will involve millions of new tax documents landing in mailboxes across America every January, along with the usual raft of W-2s, 1099s, and 1098s.  At tax time, the 140 million families who file a tax return will have to get acquainted with a brand new tax filing form.  Six million of these families will end up paying Obamacare’s individual mandate non-compliance tax penalty.

As a service to the public, Americans for Tax Reform has released a projected version of this tax form to help families and tax specialists prepare for this additional filing requirement. Taxpayers may view the projected IRS form at  On the form, lines 3-4 show where taxpayers will disclose their personal health ID information.

With the recent revelations concerning the IRS, do you think you can trust them to keep your personal health information secret? What if whatever bureaucracy that is set up to administer our health care system becomes politicized? It is not too difficult for me to imagine a situation in which members of a death panel, or whatever they are going to call it, make decisions on who gets on the organ transplant waiting list, or who gets chemotherapy, based on political affiliation. But, maybe I am just being paranoid.


3 thoughts on “Some More Thoughts about the IRS”

  1. Human nature being what it is should be the reason we stress personal responsibility over government responsibility for the individual. We think they are faceless bureaucrats, but they live and vote in self interest patterns and those are the interests of bigger government. So it would be natural for them, given a chance, to favor a person who thinks as they do over a person who opposes their very existance to help the one and hinder the other.

    The real issue is the loss of the phrase “civil servant”. We lost that when we lost the Christian value of leadership which is servanthood. Take Christianity out of our nation and we lose the notion that we are located in our place of life to serve others, it becomes all about what I can get out of the deal.

    Keep up the good work!


    1. Thank you for your comment. I can’t help thinking how quaint the phrase civil servant seems today. It has been a long time since these people thought they were our servants.


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