Tag: IRS

Obamacare’s Individual Mandate and Tax Credits Are Really, Really Inefficient »

Obamacare’s least popular feature is the individual “mandate” to have health insurance. This requirement was the subject of the 2012 lawsuit asserting Obamacare was unconstitutional: Never before had the federal government forced any resident to buy a good or service from a private business. The people lost that argument. Nevertheless, whether we label the...
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Will 11 Million Pay Obamacare’s Mandate Penalty? »

I recently took issue with lack of clarity in media coverage of a report by the IRS Taxpayer Advocate, which claimed that 6.6 million people paid Obamacare’s individual-mandate penalty last year. I figured the total must be significantly higher, because each tax return would cover more than one individual. In an e-mail to me...
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Who’s Behind IRS Targeting? Don’t Ask NPR »

As I’ve mentioned before, “All the President’s Men” is one of my all-time favorite movies, depicting the heroic efforts of two cub reporters relentlessly pursuing a story of little interest to others until their efforts eventually resulted in bringing down the entire Nixon administration. When it was discovered in the course of the Congressional...
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Death and Taxes Now Under One Roof »

In news of no particular surprise to anyone, agents at the Cincinnati IRS office from which emanates the scandal surrounding targeted scrutiny of Tea Party, conservative, and limited government non-profits, are declining to take the fall. In interviews with House Oversight Committee investigators, Cincinnati IRS employees revealed that (gasp!) orders to target such groups...
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Did Lefty Need to Apologize for Tax Comments? »

Phil Mickelson is being targeted for his comments on California’s and the Feds’ tax hikes. The offending statements, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, are as follows: “Well, it’s been an interesting offseason, and I’m going to have to make some drastic changes,” Mickelson told reporters Sunday after tying for 37th place at 17 under...
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The 23rd Tax Advisory »

The IRS is my shepherd; I shall live in want. It maketh me to lie down with expensive accountants; it leadeth me to consort with disreputable lawyers. It crusheth my soul; it leadeth me in the paths of avoidance and evasion to preserve my wealth. Yea, as I walk through the valley of the shadow of...
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Biblically Inspired Verses for Contemporary Americans »

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a central bank soweth, that shall it also reap. The legislator that is without sin among you, let him cast the first vote to outlaw victimless actions. Given that more than 4,500 actions are now considered federal crimes, blessed are the merciful federal prosecutors, for...
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A Modest Proposal for Shrinking Big Government »

Proposed law: “Be it enacted, etc. etc. that the total personnel count of the Internal Revenue Service may not exceed 80,000 for the fiscal year 2011 and henceforth.” As every American knows, and more importantly, feels, the IRS is big brother. The IRS collects private information on every one of us; the IRS pays...
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Twelve Parallels in Political Economy »

The federal budget is to a tolerable government as the Palace of Versailles is to a two-car garage. *** The Code of Federal Regulations is to the rule of law as a trainload of cyanide is to a nutritious diet. *** A member of Congress is to the preservation of our liberties as a member...
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Tax Police and the Health Mandate: We Will, We Won’t, We Are Not Saying »

William McGurn’s recent column in the Wall Street Journal raises a question the Obama administration does not want to answer: Who will police the new health care mandate? If left to the “honor system,” what becomes of the vaunted (and entirely mythical) “cost savings” to be earned by overcharging young, health people and then...
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