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Implementing Health Reform Will Cost Millions

February 18, 2011

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says it will need a battalion of 1,054 new auditors and staffers and new facilities at a cost to taxpayers of more than $359 million in fiscal 2012 just to watch over the initial implementation of President Obama's health care reforms, says U.S. News and World Report.

The requests are just the beginning, since the new health care program is evolving and won't be fully implemented until about 2014.

  • For example, some 81 staffers will be tasked just to handle the tax reporting of 25,000 tanning salons.
  • Their cost: $11.5 million.
  • Another 76 will be assigned to make sure businesses engaged in making and importing drugs pay their new fee which is expected to deliver $2.8 billion to the Treasury in 2012 and 2013.

Source: Paul Bedard, "Health Care Reform Law Requires New IRS Army of 1,054," U.S. News & World Report, February 15, 2011.

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