As an adjustment on the Form 1040 or 1040A and possibly the Form 1040EZ.
Have taxpayers include the health insurance costs and possibly the cost of medical expenditures as an adjustment on the front page of the 1040, etc.
Or as an adjustment to the 1040, etc. for the medical insurance and the costs of medical expenses to continue as an itemized deduction amount but without the 7.5% adjustment. The 10% AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax) amount should stay however due to the reason for the purpose of the AMT.
Have a Form 1098-H for the health insurance costs for verification in the following year.
Also, use the Form 1098-H for nursing home expenses. In this way a senior citizen with $70,000 in nursing home costs would not have to file an income tax return. Increase the filing requirement by the amount of the nursing home cost coverage.
The health insurance coverage adjustment could possibly reduce the Adjusted Gross Income amount and may change the Earned Income Tax Credit amount. Or this could artificially also modify the earned income so wages were reduced. This would increase (usually) the amount of earned income.
The number of covered dependents would be included on the Form 1098-H to verify the number of dependents. This could be compared with the dependents on the tax form so overstating of dependents on the filed tax return would be reduced.
The objective on the above is to reduce the necessity for the Health Coverage Crisis and the actual payment by the individual taxpayer would continue. An alternative before the people which is simple would be achieved.
CAUTION: In the early 1990’s an additional amount of $500 and maybe $100 per dependent was included in the Earned Income Tax Credit. Fraud was found to be rampant the the extra insurance amount paid by the EITC was dropped. Thus the reason for a Form 1098-H so concrete verification could be done. Or an electronic payment to these individual medical insurance coverage providers or employers could be made.
Keith Ljunghammar, EA