Officials in the Obama administration are worried that this year’s tax season will trigger fresh anger about Obamacare as taxpayers discover they may need to pay penalties related to the new healthcare law while struggling to submit complex forms, The New York Times reported.
Up to six million taxpayers will have to “pay a fee this year because they made a choice not to obtain healthcare coverage that they could have afforded,” said Mark Mazur, assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy, according to the Times.
The penalties, which could be as much as 1 percent of income for some households, will be due when taxes are due on April 15.
“A lot of people do not feel that health insurance plans in the marketplace were affordable to them, even with subsidies. Some went without coverage and will therefore be subject to penalties,” Christine Speidel, a tax lawyer at Vermont Legal Aid, told the Times.