The Internal Revenue Service will begin distributing letters to people who have paid the tax penalty instead of signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.
Those letters will urge people to sign up for insurance by explaining that paying for insurance is more advantageous than paying the penalty.
“In keeping with our commitment to taxpayer confidentiality, we will send the letters directly to taxpayers; under no circumstances will we share the identities of these taxpayers or any other protected taxpayer information with CMS or with any other entity,” IRS Commissioner John G. Koskinen told Congress on Oct. 31, reported The Washington Times.
The IRS will send notices to 800,000 people Nov. 28 and Dec. 5.
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The first deadline to buy a plan is Dec. 15.
Nearly 7 million more people who have not signed up for a plan under Obamacare and do not have insurance will get a notice from the IRS urging them to sign up before the final deadline of Jan. 31, The Washington Times reported.
Republicans argued against the idea when it was first debated in September, as seen on MajorityWhip.gov.
“We strongly object to any action by the Administration to improperly use sensitive taxpayer information to identify and harass individuals who have rejected the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) by choosing to pay a tax rather than be forced into a health care plan they don’t need and don’t want,” wrote House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady in a letter to to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.