What was it Ronald Reagan said? Oh yeah:
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”
Happy to help, America:
About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns.
The tax mistake is a self-inflicted injury that comes on the heels of what President Barack Obama had touted as a successful enrollment season, with about 11.4 million people signed up.
California, which is running its own insurance market, on Thursday announced a similar problem affecting about 100,000 people in that state.
The errors mean that nearly 1 million people may have to wait longer to get their income tax refunds this year. And they could also affect the size of those refunds.
Another 50,000 or so who already filed may have to resubmit their returns.
My late father, a sharp man in many ways, once taught me something about handling employees:
“You can do almost anything you want to people who work for you, but you never, ever screw with their money.”
The same holds true for government and taxpayers; the Fed and California just broke that rule big-time.
Consider: We are all required by law (1) to have health insurance. If we do not, we will be punished. If our insurance is not provided by an employer, we are required, again by law, to buy it on the Obamacare exchanges. In order to afford those policies, now more expensive thanks to the “Affordable” Care Act, the government offers subsidies, the amount of which is determined by various factors, such as income and number of children. And that information has to be provided to the IRS on our tax forms, including whatever information the government provides on these new “1095” forms. And that information in turn helps determine whether we get a refund, what size it is, or if we wind up owing the government money.
And the government gave out the wrong information.
It’s bad enough that people who wanted to file their return and who have almost most certainly scheduled their appointments with overworked tax-prep people will now have to delay their filings (For how long? Can they reschedule with the accountant?), but what about those who have already filed? Now they have no idea whether they get a refund or owe Uncle Sam — surprise!!
And you can bet a good portion of these one million taxpayers, most of them voters, are going to be royally ticked off about this and looking for someone to blame as we get into election season. (2)
Dad was right.
Another achivement by people with college degrees: government sends crap tax info to 800,000 heathcare site users http://t.co/5bRGQcDpSL
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) February 20, 2015
(1) This anti-constitutional monstrosity of a law, that is.
(2) That would be the Democratic Party. Not a single Republican voted for this. In fact, we were screaming like Cassandra that this was a fiasco waiting to happen. Please remember that on election day.