The Internal Revenue Service will not accept electronically filed tax returns for the upcoming filing season in which people fail to note whether they have health insurance, according to an agency announcement that is a reversal of informal policy under the Obama administration.
The majority of households paying the Obamacare penalty in 2015 were low- and middle-income households, according to the most recent data from the Internal Revenue Service.
The Internal Revenue Service was involved in a $5 million push to pressure Americans to buy Obamacare coverage, according to documents obtained from the watchdog group Judicial Watch.
IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to "less than 20," and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere, the Daily Caller reported.
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee is set to slash IRS's budget to $10.9 billion, $1.5 billion under President Obama's request for the 2015 fiscal year. The budget measure's goal is to ensure the tax agency focus on it's "core duties", and eliminate efforts to judge political activities and halt its enforcement of Obamacare.
According to Federal Law, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is required to keep records of all agency emails and to print out hard copies of the emails in the event of a computer crash. This further complicates the IRS claim that it "lost" emails from ex-official Lois Lerner, who was found in contempt of Congress by a vote of 231 to 187 in May.