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  •  Certainly. (2+ / 0-)
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    JerryNA, sethtriggs

    That's the point of the suggestion. Simple, easy answer to the teabagger demand; an answer that will  completely freak them out and make then withdraw the demand.

    It really is the only way to accurately verify eligibility.

    •  Another issue with using IRS data (4+ / 0-)
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      beth meacham, JerryNA, sethtriggs, RUNDOWN

      for income eligibility is that in many cases, the IRS itself has not verified the income data.

      It is certainly easy enough for the IRS to consider income via regular wages as verified - because they are reported to the IRS on the tax return and verified by the employers wage reporting.

      The same can be said of income that would be reported on a 1099 - the taxpayer reports the income on their return, and the bank, employer, whomever the source is also sends in the same information to the IRS and they can do a data match to confirm it's validity.

      On the other hand, business owners and those that receive income by means that are not reported by W2 and 1099 generally don't have that reported income verified from a second source unless they get flagged for audit.  There are also those that can find creative ways to "bury" income and report a $15k AGI while actually pulling in much more than that.

      Some of the things I've seen on tax returns over the years would make most peoples heads spin.  That's why I'm skeptical of just using straight IRS data.

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