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Full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes
Congressman Jeff Duncan-SC ^ | Congressman Jeff Duncan-SC

Posted on 11/03/2012 3:14:55 PM PDT by Jean S

Full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes: Listed by Size of Tax Hike

Complied by Americans for Tax Reform

WASHINGTON, DC -- Obamacare contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses. Arranged by their respective sizes according to CBO scores, below is the total list of all $500 billion-plus in tax hikes (over the next ten years) in Obamacare, their effective dates, and where to find them in the bill.

$123 Billion: Surtax on Investment Income (Takes effect Jan. 2013): A new, 3.8 percent surtax on investment income earned in households making at least $250,000 ($200,000 single). This would result in the following top tax rates on investment income:


Capital Gains












*Other unearned income includes (for surtax purposes) gross income from interest, annuities, royalties, net rents, and passive income in partnerships and Subchapter-S corporations.  It does not include municipal bond interest or life insurance proceeds, since those do not add to gross income.  It does not include active trade or business income, fair market value sales of ownership in pass-through entities, or distributions from retirement plans.  The 3.8% surtax does not apply to non-resident aliens. (Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 87-93)

$86 Billion: Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax (Takes effect Jan. 2013): Current law and changes:


First $200,000
($250,000 Married)

All Remaining Wages

Current Law

2.9% self-employed

2.9% self-employed

Obamacare Tax Hike

2.9% self-employed

3.8% self-employed

Bill: PPACA, Reconciliation Act; Page: 2000-2003; 87-93

$65 Billion: Individual Mandate Excise Tax and Employer Mandate Tax (Both taxes take effect Jan. 2014):

Individual: Anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance as defined by Obama-appointed HHS bureaucrats must pay an income surtax according to the higher of the following


1 Adult

2 Adults

3+ Adults


1% AGI/$95

1% AGI/$190

1% AGI/$285


2% AGI/$325

2% AGI/$650

2% AGI/$975

2016 +

2.5% AGI/$695

2.5% AGI/$1390

2.5% AGI/$2085

Exemptions for religious objectors, undocumented immigrants, prisoners, those earning less than the poverty line, members of Indian tribes, and hardship cases (determined by HHS). Bill: PPACA; Page: 317-337

Employer: If an employer does not offer health coverage, and at least one employee qualifies for a health tax credit, the employer must pay an additional non-deductible tax of $2000 for all full-time employees.  Applies to all employers with 50 or more employees. If any employee actually receives coverage through the exchange, the penalty on the employer for that employee rises to $3000. If the employer requires a waiting period to enroll in coverage of 30-60 days, there is a $400 tax per employee ($600 if the period is 60 days or longer). Bill: PPACA; Page: 345-346

(Combined score of individual and employer mandate tax penalty: $65 billion)

$60.1 Billion: Tax on Health Insurers (Takes effect Jan. 2014): Annual tax on the industry imposed relative to health insurance premiums collected that year.  Phases in gradually until 2018.  Fully-imposed on firms with $50 million in profits. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,986-1,993

$32 Billion: Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans (Takes effect Jan. 2018): Starting in 2018, new 40 percent excise tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans ($10,200 single/$27,500 family).  Higher threshold ($11,500 single/$29,450 family) for early retirees and high-risk professions.  CPI +1 percentage point indexed. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,941-1,956

$23.6 Billion: “Black liquor” tax hike (Took effect in 2010) This is a tax increase on a type of bio-fuel. Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 105

$22.2 Billion: Tax on Innovator Drug Companies (Took effect in 2010): $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to share of sales made that year. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,971-1,980

$20 Billion: Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers (Takes effect Jan. 2013): Medical device manufacturers employ 360,000 people in 6000 plants across the country. This law imposes a new 2.3% excise tax.  Exempts items retailing for <$100. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,980-1,986

$15.2 Billion: High Medical Bills Tax (Takes effect Jan 1. 2013): Currently, those facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction for medical expenses to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI).  The new provision imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI. Waived for 65+ taxpayers in 2013-2016 only. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,994-1,995

$13.2 Billion: Flexible Spending Account Cap – aka “Special Needs Kids Tax” (Takes effect Jan. 2013): Imposes cap on FSAs of $2500 (now unlimited).  Indexed to inflation after 2013. There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children.  There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education.  Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,388-2,389

$5 Billion: Medicine Cabinet Tax (Took effect Jan. 2011): Americans no longer able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin). Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,957-1,959

$4.5 Billion: Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D (Takes effect Jan. 2013) Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,994

$4.5 Billion: Codification of the “economic substance doctrine” (Took effect in 2010): This provision allows the IRS to disallow completely-legal tax deductions and other legal tax-minimizing plans just because the IRS deems that the action lacks “substance” and is merely intended to reduce taxes owed. Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 108-113

$2.7 Billion: Tax on Indoor Tanning Services (Took effect July 1, 2010): New 10 percent excise tax on Americans using indoor tanning salons. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,397-2,399

$1.4 Billion: HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike (Took effect Jan. 2011): Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,959

$0.6 Billion: $500,000 Annual Executive Compensation Limit for Health Insurance Executives (Takes effect Jan. 2013): Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,995-2,000                                                                                                                 

$0.4 Billion: Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tax Hike (Took effect in 2010): The special tax deduction in current law for Blue Cross/Blue Shield companies would only be allowed if 85 percent or more of premium revenues are spent on clinical services. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,004

$ Negligible: Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals (Took effect in 2010): $50,000 per hospital if they fail to meet new "community health assessment needs," "financial assistance," and "billing and collection" rules set by HHS. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,961-1,971

$ Negligible: Employer Reporting of Insurance on W-2 (Took effect in Jan. 2012): Preamble to taxing health benefits on individual tax returns. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,957

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: democrats; obamacare; taxes
I was alerted to this today. These are quite the creative taxes. Can we stop them before 1/13?
1 posted on 11/03/2012 3:14:56 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Jean S

3.7% tax on real state sales if you have AGI over 200,000 or $250,000 for couples.

2 posted on 11/03/2012 3:21:49 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Jean S

be back later

3 posted on 11/03/2012 3:22:20 PM PDT by thinden
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To: Jean S

This list is terrifying. I cannot even begin to imagine the damage this would do to our already shaky economy.

4 posted on 11/03/2012 3:43:14 PM PDT by luv2ski
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5 posted on 11/03/2012 4:49:33 PM PDT by RedMDer (
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7 posted on 11/03/2012 5:59:17 PM PDT by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: Jean S

They forgot the 2.3% tax on GROSS receipts of manufacturers of medical devices. Begins January 1, 2013.

That’s huge, because it’s on the GROSS sales, not net profits. It’s caused many a medical device company to stop any and all expansion plans.

The big cost isn’t even the 2.3%, as big as that is, it’s the fact that people who need pacemakers etc. might not get them, because fewer manufacturers are going to be making them.

Makes me doubt the veracity of the rest of the list.

8 posted on 11/03/2012 6:12:17 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: onyx
I have seen this statistic before, and I have a question that is perplexing and I never seem to get any answers.... if all previous presidents up to GW Bush accounted for $6.3 trillion of debt, and 0dumb0 accounted for $6.5 trillion of debt = a combined total of $12.8 trillion of debt.

HOWEVER our total debt is actually $16.0 trillion (perhaps more, since that was the debt limit reached during the demoRAT convention), so who accounted for the additional $3.2 trillion debt ($16.0 - $12.8 trillion) that got us to $16.0 trillion? Did we have a period of time in American history with no president in office, that accounted for the $3.2 trillion difference?

So who accounted for the $3.2 trillion difference? It seems to me, that it would have to be added onto the previous presidents up to GW Bush. And believe me, I am a staunch lifelong conservative. I am just curious as it seems the total of all previous presidents should be $9.5 trillion ($6.3 + $3.2) rather than $6.3 trillion.

9 posted on 11/03/2012 9:17:56 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: rcrngroup

Here’s another take on it. Even the nytimes can’t make obama look good. This is their way of trying to make Obama look good, but imagine the impact on some of their readers learning this for the first time. This is roughly the equivalent of Romney saying Obama was responsible for the Benghazi murders, and the nytimes countering with “He only killed one or two of them.”

In Romney and Obama Speeches, Selective Truths

Federal Debt

Mr. Obama has “added almost as much debt as all the prior presidents combined.” — Mr. Romney

The total national debt now stands at $15.8 trillion, up from $10.6 trillion when Mr. Obama took office, an increase of nearly 50 percent. A commonly cited and more economically important subset, debt held by the public, has grown to $11 trillion from $6.3 trillion, a 75 percent increase — closer to Mr. Romney’s claim, but still $1.7 trillion short of matching the accumulated public debt of the first 43 presidents. Adjusted for inflation, the debt Mr. Obama incurred is smaller relative to the combined prior debt.

10 posted on 11/04/2012 4:20:07 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Jean S

Interesting that executives running a health insurance company are limited to a salary of $500,000 and the CEO of Sesame Street- a program which runs for a very short time once a week on PBS gets paid over $684,000.

I truly believe that any health company exec works far harder than the guy who is the CEO of Sesame Street!!!

11 posted on 11/04/2012 9:27:28 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: morphing libertarian

I talked to 2 CPA’s about this.

First- it is 3.8% tax.

Then they said from what they had been told, that tax would only apply when the TAXABLE PROFIT was taxed.

Sample: You own a house in which you have $500,000 invested. You are married, so there is also a $500,000 couple EXEMPTION of profits before any taxes kick in.

You sell you house for $1,350,000. You will have to pay commissions on that money, and other closing costs. So for simplicity’s sake, lets say you end up with a taxable profit of $200,000. That is the basis of $500,000 + the exemption of your couples status, $500,000= $1 million, which is then subtracted from the net proceeds of $1,200,000. That leaves a $200,000 TAXABLE profit.

You would then pay 3.8% Obamacare tax on that $200,000, or $7600.00 more out of your pocket-—total theft by Obama, which has nothing to do with HEALTH care.

12 posted on 11/04/2012 9:34:23 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Jean S

...and we had to pass this thing to see all this??!!??

There is more than the “O” to blame for this Clusterf%#*!!

13 posted on 11/04/2012 9:41:42 AM PST by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: ridesthemiles

Thanx. I wasn’t aware the capital gain tax exemption was in play.

14 posted on 11/05/2012 10:22:18 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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