• Steve Martin

Medicare Surtax on Investment Gains New In 2013

Good information from Rick Kahler

Steve

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Ronald Reagan was noted for saying, “Trust but verify.” And that was before Al Gore invented the Internet. When it comes to believing forwarded emails with dire warnings, it’s a good idea to go even further and “Verify before trusting.”

Here are a few lines from an email I’ve received numerous times over the past two years: “Did you know that if you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a 3.8% sales tax on it? That’s $3,800 on a $100,000 home . . . It’s in the health care bill and goes into effect in 2013. . . . Under the new health care bill all real estate transactions will be subject to a 3.8% Sales Tax. If you sell a $400,000 home, there will be a $15,200 tax.”

Before trusting this, I verified it with Paul Thorstenson, an accountant with Ketel Thorstenson in Rapid City, South Dakota. He said, “The information in this email is nearly entirely false.”

via Rick Kahler: Medicare Surtax on Investment Gains New In 2013 | Financial Awakenings.

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