3.8% Medicare Surtax on Investment Income

Beginning in 2013, certain investment income will be subject to an additional 3.8% surtax, enacted as part of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.  This is sometimes referred to as the “Medicare” surtax because the legislation enacting this tax created a new section of the tax code entitled: “Chapter 2A – Unearned Income Medicare Contribution.” However, this was simply a revenue-raiser enacted to offset the cost of health care legislation; there does not appear to be any reason this surtax must be used for Medicare.

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