IRS Continues to Issue Obamacare Penalties Despite Trump Order
According to several employer groups, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not complying with President Trump's executive order and has continued enforcing the Obamacare mandate that requires certain employers health coverage to workers. The ERISA Industry Committee and the National Foundation of Independent Business, among other organizations, are requesting that the IRS stop assessing penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pending the repeal of the ACA, the president ordered agencies to minimize the healthcare law's economic and regulatory impact.
Though there is some debate as to whether the IRS is actually in violation of this order, Partner Nicole Elliott and other industry professionals told Bloomberg Law that it is.
Ms. Elliott, who previously served as Senior Director of Operations for the ACA with the IRS, stated: “It seems the IRS is continuing on with business as usual in enforcing this." She also said that it is "a little curious” that the IRS is still putting its resources behind it when “you have a president who is very anti-Affordable Care Act.”
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