We were told over and over again that Obamacare wasn’t a tax. Then it passed SCOTUS and the weak-willed Roberts as a tax. And now the IRS has gone ahead and included it on the 1040 as a tax.
From Americans for Tax Reform:
On Thursday the IRS released a slew of draft 2014 tax forms. The new draft Form 1040 shows a new surtax line has been created for the payment of the individual mandate surtax – see line 61 of the 1040:
Famously, Chief Justice John Roberts pointed out that the individual mandate surtax is in fact a tax. However, that does not compel conservatives to agree that Obamacare’s individual mandate is Constitutional. The same decision declared the individual mandate unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause. Conservatives can accept that this surtax is a tax increase without accepting the constitutionality of the individual mandate.
The Obamacare individual mandate non-compliance surtax is one of at least seven Obamacare taxes that violate the President’s “firm pledge” not to raise any tax on any American making less than $250,000 per year. Thorough documentation of Obama’s promise can be found here.
A lot of people have already been hit by tax hikes and rate increases from Obamacare, as well as losing doctors they need. And now more than thinking about it in just the theoretical, we can see that the IRS will be running it.