With April 15 approaching, conservative hysteria about an alleged hidden cost of health care reform -- a small army of new IRS agents -- is gaining traction. One problem: Those claims are "wildly inaccurate".
As FactCheck amply documents, the new health care law specifically forbids the IRS to enforce criminal penalties against taxpayers who violate the individual mandate and doesn't allow for standard IRS collection techniques like liens. Plus, the IRS won't be double-checking health insurance certifications provided with tax returns.
Individuals without health insurance in 2014 face an added tax, and that's all -- nothing that requires the "16,500 new agents" that conservatives now claim the IRS needs to recruit.