IRS Issues 159 Pages Of New Rules On Obamacare Taxes

The Internal Revenue Services has issued 159 pages of rules on the new Obamacare taxes on investment. Oh, but don’t worry, these taxes only apply to the rich, and would be in addition to any increased taxes Obama might get out of the fiscal cliff.

The Internal Revenue Service has released new rules for investment income taxes on capital gains and dividends earned by high-income individuals that passed Congress as part of the 2010 healthcare reform law.

The 3.8 percent surtax on investment income, meant to help pay for healthcare, goes into effect in 2013. It is the first surtax to be applied to capital gains and dividend income.

The tax affects only individuals with more than $200,000 in modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), and married couples filing jointly with more than $250,000 of MAGI.

The tax applies to a broad range of investment securities ranging from stocks and bonds to commodity securities and specialized derivatives.

The 159 pages of rules spell out when the tax applies to trusts and annuities, as well as to individual securities traders. (Read More)

The rules were issued on Friday night, of course.

Update: Big Pulpit linked – thanks!