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These tips will help you learn about how the Health Care Act may affect your tax return and taxes.
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The National Taxpayers’ Advocate Service released its annual report to Congress on January 14, 2015. The big takeaway for taxpayers? Budgetary cuts over the past few years mean taxpayers with questions are going to have a hard time getting answers. Nina Olson wrote: “Taxpayers who need help are not getting it, and tax compliance is likely to suffer over the longer term if these problems are not quickly and decisively addressed,”
What does this mean? Here are some projections for fiscal year 2015:
- Roughly 50% of calls to the IRS helpline will go unanswered.
- Taxpayers who are lucky enough to have their call answered will wait 30 minutes on average.
- The IRS will devote less time to answering tax law questions. During filing season, only the most basic questions will be answered. Once filing season has ended, no questions will be answered. This means the roughly 15 million taxpayers who file late will not be able to have their questions answered, even if they go visit an IRS office in person.
- Assistance for preparing tax returns has been eliminated.
The decline in taxpayer services spells danger for the average American. If you can’t get the IRS to answer your tax questions, be sure to contact us with questions or reach out to a local chapter of the AICPA or NSA or another accounting society as they may be able to refer you to non-profit help centers.
OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS NOVEMBER 15. ARE YOU PREPARED?
Visit Affordable Care Act or the Affordable Care Act information page for help.
The Obamacare site has been improved. If you were unable to enroll during the last Open Enrollment period due to technical errors, you will not face the same issues during the Open Enrollment Period for 2015.
What is the Affordable Care Act telephone number?
You can also reach the Obamacare help line at 1-800-318-2596