Here’s a suggestion for the IRS’ next Tax Tips article: “What you should know about the incompetence of the IRS.” Or maybe this one: “10 reasons why you should not renounce your citizenship and move to Brazil.” Their latest screw up came on Friday — or at least it was announced on Friday — that 800,000 Obamacare enrollees were sent the wrong tax forms and will need to wait until sometime in March to file their taxes. Yet another reason to not be so eager about filing early. And what about those conscientious tax return filers who already pulled the trigger? Well, the Obama administration hasn’t quite figured out what to do with them yet.
Just keep checking in with the IRS on their website. That’s where the IRS likes to funnel all inquiries these days. They don’t have enough employees in their call centers to answer the phones usually; I would definitely not recommend you try calling. I’m sure there will be some sort of extension for those who already filed using the wrong forms. The Obama administration is great about accommodating people with extensions. It will be all over the internet, just be sure you are looking to reputable news sources for you info.
There are always ways to describe Obamacare (or IRS) blunders so that it highlights the administration’s incompetence:
The White House tells us in a classic Friday news dump that nearly one million Americans could see their tax refunds delayed because of this president’s inability to implement his own law.
~ Diane Black, Rep Tenn
Not a full-blown “spin” though, in my opinion, because they very well could see their tax refunds delayed. Years from now we will be able to look back, with experience and time giving us a better perspective, and determine if this is one of several innocent mistakes or if the government really did fail in the administration of Obamacare. I know a lot of people believe we can make that call now, and would say that it has been a complete flop, not only the administration of the new law, but the whole idea of it in the first place.