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Will 'Obamacare' Require You to Disclose Your Personal Health ID Info to the IRS?


Will Americans have to reveal their personal health information to the IRS (of all groups)? The Grove Norquist-founded Americans for Tax Reform, a 501(c)(4) lobbying group that opposes “all tax increases as a matter of principle,” seems to think so.

“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,” the group explained in a statement on Thursday.

As Americans for Tax Reform reminds us, when representatives from the IRS testified before that House Committee on Ways and Means, they said “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making a payment.”

And it’s because of this that the group warns personal health ID's will have to be included starting in 2014.

“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,” the group explains.

“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,” they add.

If this is true, according to the anti-tax group, the new tax information document will have to contain the following:

  • 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
  • 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,” the group warns.

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,” they add.

And this is what Americans for Tax Reform believe the new tax documents will look like:

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