When preparing a 2014 Kansas Income Tax Return which instructs Abortion costs not taxed at the Federal level must be added to Kansas Taxable income, a question arose in my mind. The Instructions read enter the total amount of credit allowed on your federal return that includes coverage of, reimbursement for, or credit/partial credit for, abortion or abortion expenses. Purchasing health insurance on the exchange and claiming a credit to help pay the premium targets certain individuals and opens each up for an invasion of privacy.
A sexist invasion of privacy was my first impression. My first thought, the Legislators intent was to discourage abortion by making women self-report. Upon further reflection, I realized a man who purchased health insurance on the exchange that included coverage for abortion would be equally obligated to determine the amount of tax credit attributable for this specific coverage and add the amount to his Kansas taxable income. The Legislation targets Obama-care as much as it targets an individual woman who actually uses the insurance to pay for an abortion.
When you have a Kansas Governor who announces he will sign any Pro-life bill that reaches his desk, this is the type of nonsense one should expect. Above is a screen shot of the window on my tax preparation software that alerted me to this new change to the Kansas tax code for 2014.
Last night I watched a Kansas Legislator admit that actual spending by Welfare recipients was recorded and this information provided to Legislators who came up with the list of prohibited types of spending such as in a lingerie shop or Cruise Line Office. Does anyone really expect abortion information provided to the Kansas Department of Revenue will be more private and confidential?
An insignificant amount of revenue would be expected from this tax change; thus: there appears to me to be no rational basis for this new law, other than to discriminate against certain Kansans who purchase health insurance on the exchange. Smaller government is one thing, nasty, mean spirited, bigoted government quite another.