If you are one of the millions of Americans who does not want to be forced into purchasing “affordable” health care under Obama starting in 2014, you have the option to decline. As we reported previously, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not actually have the power or authority to collect so-called “taxes” for non-compliance with Obamacare’s individual mandate, which means refusing to purchase it is a no-brainer.
As it turns out, provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) bar the IRS from enforcing penalties against taxpayers who refuse to either purchase insurance or pay the uninsured “tax.” Not only can the IRS not bring criminal enforcement cases against taxpayers who refuse to pay the non-insurance penalty, according to Forbes.com, but the agency also cannot force a tax lien, which means the only way the IRS can collect the “tax” is to deduct it from taxpayers’ refunds.
But many taxpayers do not receive tax refunds, which means they have the freedom to avoid paying the tax without penalty. And if millions of taxpayers choose to go this route, the entire sick care scheme will literally come apart at the seems, as insurance rates for everyone else will increase dramatically and eventually collapse the system. This, of course, will deter Obamacare from ever actually coming into full effect, at least not without major public uproar.
“The restrictions placed on the IRS’s ability to collect the tax penalty make it unlikely the IRS can effectively enforce the individual mandate,” write tax experts Jordan M. Barry and Bryan T. Camp in their thorough analysis, Is the Individual Mandate Really Mandatory?. “Thus, many taxpayers who neglect or refuse to pay the tax penalty could structure their affairs in such a way as to avoid being subject to legal consequences or any sort for years to come, if ever.”