How warm and fuzzy to call extortion a “shared responsibility payment”.
ex·tor·tion [ik-stawr-shuhn] noun (1) an act or instance of extorting. (2) Law – the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one’s office or authority. (source)The
Your 2014 tax return will ask if you had insurance coverage or qualified for an exemption. If not, you may owe a shared responsibility payment when you file in 2015. (source)Doesn’t that sound much nicer than, “If you can’t afford to pay, we’ll fine you because you can’t afford to pay”? The public relations folks for the IRS must have worked overtime on coming up with the term “shared responsibility payment” because this fits the textbook legal definition of extortion. >> The
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