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The So-Called 3.8% Medicare Surtax: Unfit for Survival
Alvin D. Lurie Link to more items from this source
[Opinion]
Jan. 24, 2014
"Section 1411 of the IRC, often erroneously called a Medicare surtax, is in actuality not that at all, and is rather in every respect a completely separate, full-blown, second income tax imposed on individual taxpayers, on trusts and estates, and indirectly on passive owners of interests in S corporations, LLCs and partnerships, on recipients of interests in qualified pension and other qualified plans and charitable remainder trusts inter alia -- an extraordinarily wide swath of taxpayers.... Even more problematic than the misleadingly false labeling of the tax is the establishment, as part of the Affordable Care Act, of a complicated, unbelievably difficult second income tax for the sole purpose of providing the government funds required to administer the health reform law, as long into the future as that legislation remains on the books."

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