Contemplating Health Care Reform

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Health Care Bill Forces the IRS to Reveal Your Personal Tax Information

Declan McCullagh at Taking Liberties shines a light on a portion of the bill that forces the IRS to reveal filers' tax return details to both the Social Security Administration and the and Health Choices Commissioner.

Section 431(a) of the bill says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer identity information, including the filing status, the modified adjusted gross income, the number of dependents, and "other information as is prescribed by" regulation. That information will be provided to the new Health Choices Commissioner and state health programs and used to determine who qualifies for "affordability credits."


Section 1801(a) says that the Social Security Administration can obtain tax return data on anyone who may be eligible for a "low-income prescription drug subsidy" but has not applied for it.

What the bill doesn't contain is any limits on what is to be provided and penalties if your information is made public by government officials. This has obvious implications for both privacy and ease of identity theft.

1 comment:

  1. Well of course.

    To have proper class warfare, we need to know who's who.