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ObamaCare's Worst Tax Hike
wsj ^ | 3/17/10 | staff

Posted on 03/17/2010 9:31:13 AM PDT by Nachum

The forced march to pass ObamaCare continues, and all that matters now is raw politics. But opponents should go down swinging, and that means exposing such policy debacles as President Obama's 11th-hour decision to apply the 2.9% Medicare payroll tax to "unearned income."

That's what savings and investment income are called in Washington, and this destructive tax wasn't in either the House or Senate bills, though it may now become law with almost no scrutiny.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: bhofascism; democrats; hike; obama; obamacare; obamacares; socialisthealthcare; tax; taxcheatparty; taxes; worst

1 posted on 03/17/2010 9:31:14 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Of course at the same time he will pay back Social Security the $2.4 Trillion that the government owes them ......right?


2 posted on 03/17/2010 9:36:02 AM PDT by RC2
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To: Nachum

There’s no such thing as “unearned income” in real life just as there is no free lunch. In order to have investment and/or savings income you’d have had to have earned the money to invest. But this is besides the point.


3 posted on 03/17/2010 9:40:12 AM PDT by farlander (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: farlander

All this will do is chase money away from traditional investments and ulitmately into offshore investing or the black market.


4 posted on 03/17/2010 9:41:33 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

So would this mean that all the pass-thru income that comes on Schedule K-1 for S Corps will now be hit with this 2.9% tax?? That’ll just kill small businesses.


5 posted on 03/17/2010 9:46:35 AM PDT by USNA74
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To: Nachum

They are gonna run a lot of people, businesses and money out of the U.S. Heard today from my boss that another company we do business with is relocating their headquarters offshore; they are following the example of Haliburton, Noble Drilling, etc.


6 posted on 03/17/2010 9:47:13 AM PDT by glide625 (50+% of American Voters Elected Obama: Never Forget; Never Forgive.)
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To: farlander
“There’s no such thing as “unearned income””.

You are wrong because you are applying a layman's definition instead of using the correct tax definition. Words often have different meanings depending on their application, especially when dealing with laws. We have never taxed dividends, interest, etc. as “earned income” because those items are “investment income”. If Joe Blow works for General Motors and also owns stock in GM, he pays medicare tax on his wages that he receives from GM, but not on the dividends on the stock.

Obama and the democrats are true “tax and spend” liberals, so this should not surprise anyone.

7 posted on 03/17/2010 9:50:49 AM PDT by HwyChile
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To: USNA74

“So would this mean that all the pass-thru income that comes on Schedule K-1 for S Corps will now be hit with this 2.9% tax??”

Yes, and the same for limited partnership distributions to limtied partners. In fact, it gets worse than that. It applies even if you own stock in a big corporation or your retirement account owns it. At the end of the day, it is a tax increase on a lot of people, and not just “rich people”.


8 posted on 03/17/2010 9:52:36 AM PDT by HwyChile
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To: Nachum
You are absolutely correct. the black market will boom. If this passes, I am going to look into off shore insurance. There are excellent hospitals in China, India and the Philippines. That is not even looking at what is available in Singapore or what will be built in places like Costa Rico or other countries. A friend went to Columbia for Lasiks, spent 2.5 grand for both eyes. My son had major reconstructive knee surgery in China, with two days in the hospital, $2000.00! The problem is that you had to have someone bring you food and drinks and there is no such thing as privacy. But the care and post-op care was excellent. There will be a black market in everything, gold will sky rocket as people avoid savings accounts and look for ways to hide savings. These idiots in DC think we really want this and will go along like the sheep they think we are. I am a tail end baby boomer, the Hussein Administration will impact me as I will need health care and savings just when the whole shebang collapses.
9 posted on 03/17/2010 9:53:13 AM PDT by OldGoatCPO
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To: Nachum

So now he’s just adding parts to the “bill” and the “deem” it passed? Can we call him a dictator yet?


10 posted on 03/17/2010 9:54:25 AM PDT by PogySailor (We're so screwed.....welcome to the American Oligarchy)
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To: OldGoatCPO
If this passes, I am going to look into off shore insurance. There are excellent hospitals in China, India and the Philippines

You know, I sell insurance and was just talking about selling international plans yesterday. I was trying to figure out how to market it but I have a feeling it will not be too hard. The plans are always after me to market them. I also have a medivac "club" that will take you to any hospital in the world and pay 100% of the cost in an emergency. I was thinking of offering them both together. The legislation might kill my existing business, but new opportunities may open up as a result.

Yep. I am watching this all very closely indeed.

11 posted on 03/17/2010 10:00:08 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

The democrats will shut down any attempt to do an end run around their health care plan. You will have to pay for it out of your taxes, and you will not be allowed to pay extra for any health care that you want. You will go through the same soup line as the homeless to have “equal” health care. That is their goal I shit you not.


12 posted on 03/17/2010 10:10:08 AM PDT by HwyChile
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To: HwyChile
You will go through the same soup line as the homeless to have “equal” health care.

That's why medical tourism would grow. Those that can afford it will get it. Doctors will travel to places to perform it.

13 posted on 03/17/2010 10:21:19 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: HwyChile

WHAT????!!!??? So we would now get taxed on the K-1 and pay again on our personal? I’m confused.


14 posted on 03/17/2010 10:29:55 AM PDT by mojitojoe (“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.” - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: HwyChile

I was discussing this in a phylosophical context, not tax-code context, in other words, I objected at the term being used as any money made is money earned. :)

Not a right/wrong type of thing at all. I’m very much aware of the tax specifics.


15 posted on 03/17/2010 10:40:00 AM PDT by farlander (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: mojitojoe
There are two taxes involved with S corporations: (1)federal income tax and (2) self-employment tax (which has the social security tax, medicare, etc.).

If you own S corporation stock but do not work in the business, then you only pay federal income tax on the profits that flow through to you.

If you own S corporation stock but also work in the S corporation as an employee, then you pay federal income tax on the profits that flow through to you and that you receive as compensation as an employee (w-2 wages). You are also taxed with self-employment tax on the portion that you receive as w-2 wages for working in the business. Note that you have to pay yourself “reasonable compensation” for working in your own S corporation, and thus you will be hit with some self-employment tax.

The new law would tax with self-employment tax the profits that flow through to you for owning the stock.

In other words, just like the guy who works at GM and also owns GM stock, you only get taxed on the self-employment tax for working for your company as an employee—not the amount you receive for owning the stock in the S corporation.

16 posted on 03/17/2010 11:31:23 AM PDT by HwyChile
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To: farlander

The theory behind the tax distinction is that the medicare, social security, etc. taxes only apply to employee income. That was what it was sold as when enacted. It is a tax on employment wages. When you own stock, that is an investment and not employment income. Definitions matter a lot in law, and they mean different things depending on different laws.


17 posted on 03/17/2010 11:35:19 AM PDT by HwyChile
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To: mojitojoe
By the way, when you own a flow though entity or are a sole proprietor (no entity), the tax is called “self-employment” tax. When you work as an employee or own a C corporation but also work in the C corporation, it is called the payroll tax. They are really the same underlying taxes (i.e. social security, medicaid, etc.), but they are collected in a slightly different way.
18 posted on 03/17/2010 11:42:00 AM PDT by HwyChile
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To: Nachum

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19 posted on 03/17/2010 1:13:24 PM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: Nachum

So they are not really passing the Senate bill. They are ramming something that is something different. Ergo, it cannot be reconciled; it must be considered as a new bill.


20 posted on 03/17/2010 1:33:44 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Nachum

This is from a 2007 contact list of congressional aides. Some might not be there any longer, but worth a try.

Contact congressional aides.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1857768/posts

U.S. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121
U.S. House switchboard: (202) 225-3121
White House comments: (202) 456-1111
Find your House Rep.: http://www.house.gov/writerep
Find your US Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Toll free to the US Senate:
1-800-882-2005. (Spanish number)
1-800-417-7666. (English number)
Courtesy of a pro-amnesty group, no less!!


21 posted on 03/17/2010 3:31:50 PM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: Nachum
When Clinton attempted this, I was talking to an OB GYN who was on the board of a foreign hospital. The hospital happened to be in a resort area. He and his family received free housing at the resort for two weeks, in return he handled a few births and went to a few meetings. We discussed tying the hospitals to resorts as one care package. American doctors get free vacations if they provide services for a week. But heck, there are plenty of Indian and Filipino docs willing to be on staff. Would not look much different than an American Hospital today. Get out patient surgery, spend two weeks recovering on a beach in Costa Rico. I would buy off shore insurance as a hedge against being denied care after age 65.
When my son had his surgery in China, the doc had to delay the surgery, he had to fly to the EU to work on a pro-soccer player. Sounds like my son had a pretty good surgeon.
22 posted on 03/17/2010 9:39:50 PM PDT by OldGoatCPO
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