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CCH Briefing Highlights Tax Provisions of Health Care Reform Proposals
Date:7/23/2009

RIVERWOODS, Ill., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The proposals to reform health care now circulating on Capitol Hill are full of provisions that will change the tax laws, according to CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business and a leading provider of tax, accounting and audit information, software and services (CCHGroup.com).

To read a CCH Special Tax Briefing on the various tax provisions being contemplated as part of health care reform, go to http://tax.cchgroup.com/legislation/.

Several congressional committees - the House Ways and Means, House Education and Labor and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees - have released different versions of America's Affordable Health Choices Act, H.R. 3200, with the Senate Finance Committee expected to release its version of the bill soon.

In general, individuals would be required to have health insurance and employers would be required to offer coverage that met certain minimum standards, with the tax system used as an enforcement and collection mechanism for individuals and employers that do not obtain or offer coverage on their own. Credits have been proposed to ease the financial burden on low-income individuals and small businesses.

One major revenue raiser to pay for the reform being considered in the House is a progressive surtax or "surcharge" on high-income individuals. The Senate is expected to propose an alternative to the surcharge.

In addition to the surcharge, other revenue raisers proposed include prohibiting the use of Flexible Spending Arrangements to pay for over-the-counter drugs, delaying the worldwide allocation of interest, codification of the economic substance
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