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Millions Could Get Surprise Tax Bills Under Obamacare If They Donít Accurately Project Their Income
CBS News/Washington D.C./Associated Press ^ | April 2, 2013

Posted on 04/02/2013 4:29:14 PM PDT by grundle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people who take advantage of government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills if they don’t accurately project their income.

President Barack Obama’s new health care law will offer subsidies to help people buy private health insurance on state-based exchanges, if they don’t already get coverage through their employers. The subsidies are based on income. The lower your income, the bigger the subsidy.

But the government doesn’t know how much money you’re going to make next year. And when you apply for the subsidy, this fall, it won’t even know how much you’re making this year. So, unless you tell the government otherwise, it will rely on the best information it has: your 2012 tax return, filed this spring.

What happens if you or your spouse gets a raise and your family income goes up in 2014? You could end up with a bigger subsidy than you are entitled to. If that happens, the law says you have to pay back at least part of the money when you file your tax return in the spring of 2015.

That could result in smaller tax refunds or surprise tax bills for millions of middle-income families.

“That’s scary,” says Joan Baird of Springfield, Va. “I had no idea, and I work in health care.”

Baird, a health care information management worker, is far from alone. Health care providers, advocates and tax experts say the vast majority of Americans know very little about the new health care law, let alone the kind of detailed information many will need to navigate its system of subsidies and penalties.

(Excerpt) Read more at washington.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: obamacare

1 posted on 04/02/2013 4:29:14 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Surprise, surprise, surprise.

Wonder how Obama and his allies will spin this.


2 posted on 04/02/2013 4:33:26 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: grundle

Well, we had to pass it in order to find out what’s in it, after all.


3 posted on 04/02/2013 4:34:10 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: grundle

Obama is an ass. A Marxist pig.


4 posted on 04/02/2013 4:38:04 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

And those are his good points.


5 posted on 04/02/2013 4:39:23 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: grundle

Surprise = unexpected


6 posted on 04/02/2013 5:09:51 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (When will the rest of America's citizens wake up to the Obamanation?)
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To: grundle
What happens if you or your spouse gets a raise and your family income goes up in 2014?

Yeah, like that's going to happen in this economy. More likely to suffer a decrease in income and receive more subsidies. There's the silver lining!

7 posted on 04/02/2013 5:10:16 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: grundle

When you add these health-care subsidies to the existing “progressive” tax system, and the myriad of other income-based subsidies; a great many people will be facing effective “tax” rates of over 100% of income. That won’t be good.


8 posted on 04/02/2013 5:42:57 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: grundle

Now that we know “what’s in it” we’re finding out that ObamaCare is nothing but a communist wealth redistribution scheme.


9 posted on 04/02/2013 6:01:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: grundle

Great. The very bad stuff commences to hit the fan. So much for his “legacy.”


10 posted on 04/02/2013 6:45:38 PM PDT by La Lydia
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