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Last month President Trump ordered that heaven and earth be moved to spare Americans the financial horror and burden of the failing Obamacare boondoggle. It seems the IRS at least may have taken note. Rumor, and I need to look into this, has it that they will no longer require oppressed taxpayers to answer the little (penalty ridden) question about yearly coverage.

Following President Donald Trump’s executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement.

The health law’s individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a “shared responsibility payment.” The IRS was set to require filers to indicate whether they had maintained coverage in 2016 or paid the penalty by filling out line 61 on their form 1040s. Alternatively, they could claim exemption from the mandate by filing a form 8965.

For most filers, filling out line 61 would be mandatory. The IRS would not accept 1040s unless the coverage box was checked, or the shared responsibility payment noted, or the exemption form included. Otherwise they would be labeled “silent returns” and rejected.

Instead, however, filling out that line will be optional.

Consider this, if true, amnesty for people who actually deserve it. And hopefully by next year it will be a moot point. Trump is ready and Congress claims that they will act next month to repeal the lingering disaster of President What’s-His-Muslim. Of course, the GOP has said this for the past 6 years. Still, hope abounds.

Other Americans, those who normally love sending aid to Washington, are taking hope in civil disobedience. They are refusing to pay any federal income taxes. Because Trump.

Andrew Newman always pays his taxes, even if he hates what the government is doing with them. But not this year. For him, Donald Trump is the dealbreaker. He’ll pay his city and state taxes but will refuse to pay federal income tax as a cry of civil disobedience against the president and his new administration.

Newman is not alone. A nascent movement has been detected to revive the popularity of tax resistance – last seen en masse in America during the Vietnam war but which has been, sporadically, a tradition in the US and beyond going back many centuries.

“My tax money will be going towards putting up a wall on the Mexican border instead of helping sick people. It will contribute to the destruction of the environment and maybe more nuclear weapons. I think there will be a redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy elite and Trump’s campaign for the working man and woman was an absolute fraud. If you pay taxes you are implicated in the system,” said Newman, an associate professor of English and history at Stony Brook University on Long Island, part of the State University of New York.

“The government wants our money and if a lot of people were thinking about this kind of peaceful protest, it would get their attention,” he added.

I love the attention. I love civil disobedience and I hate taxes and all the evil they fund. I wish these folks well. And, Andrew is right: if everyone stopped paying – for any reason -maybe things would change. He hates the wall idea. I hate everything D.C. does and is.


Probably not yours, Dearie. Scott Olson / Getty.

However, things like this usually don’t end very well. They usually end in prison. If Andrew doesn’t like his 1040 IRS number, he’ll hate his B.O.P. number.

Still there’s that hope thing.