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The IRS will hire 16,500 new agents to enforce health care

Original post made by jimf01, another community, on Apr 7, 2010

The new Health Care reform legislation, just voted in by the Democrats in Congress and signed by President Barack Obama, was said by House Republicans to include provisions for hiring up to 16,500 new agents for enforcement activities.

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 11, 2010 at 10:04 pm

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jimf01, I would like to give you some credibility for your comments but when you site a Republican hit piece published with the pretentiousness of the Ways & Means as cover then I wonder more about you than the message.

Where did they come up with "16,500 new agents"?

From FactCheck:
Q: Will the IRS hire 16,500 new agents to enforce the health care law?

A: No. The law requires the IRS mostly to hand out tax credits, not collect penalties. The claim of 16,500 new agents stems from a partisan analysis based on guesswork and false assumptions, and compounded by outright misrepresentation.


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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2010 at 11:10 am

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Thanks Mike for your desire to give me a tiny bit of credit. The reason I posted this entire thing is because that 16,500 number IS a partisan analysis.
But the factcheck.org refutation appears to be a partisan analysis in light of the comments from the IRS commissioner. Read the businessweek article or view this video with the full speech from Shulman. He says basically what I wrote there.
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the IRS (Shulman) states they have not determined how many additional agents they would have to hire, so it (the 16,500 number) is not a yes, but it is also not a no. (Sorry for not making that clearer the first time through)

factcheck states straight out that it is not going to happen, that is not yet determined according to what the IRS is saying right now.

quibbling over the specific number aside, the bigger point is that the IRS will have you for failure to file or failure to pay if you don't get health insurance.


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