Odessa Chamber Fights Against Tax Changes in Healthcare Law

By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It has nothing to do with healthcare and everything to do with taxes.

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce is rallying against a new provision in the new healthcare law that will mean more paperwork for businesses like cutting edge advertising.

Working in advertising, Doug Chisum is used to paperwork, but he's not happy the healthcare bill will bring him more.

"I'm going to have to have either additional people or the people I have now will have to work longer hours," Chisum said.

What paper work? 1099 tax forms.

Most businesses fill them out when they use freelancer or get property but the health care law will change that. So, whether they're getting basic necessities like toilet paper at a major supermarket or buying a new computer in 2012 all businesses will have to fill one out for every company they spend more than $600 dollars a year.

But the Odessa Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution to repeal the new rules.

"It's an exercise in futility if you will," Mike George with the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, said. "We're doing the governments business. It's another way for big brother to find out what everyone's doing."

"I did vote on behalf of the resolution against this," Chisum, who's also a member of the Chamber, said. "I think it's the best thing for all businesses in Odessa."

The government disagrees saying the changes will save billions in unreported taxes. Chisum fears they'll just be a waste of time and money.

"The federal government is going to have to hire thousands to keep up with all of this paperwork, whether it's electronic or on actual paper," Chisum said. "And it's going to be very expensive, because the government doesn't do anything cheap."

After making tons of calls to local businesses, NewsWest 9 learned many local businesses have no clue about this provision or what it could mean for them.

If you want to learn more about this issue just visit the Newslinks section of our Web site.

There we have a copy of the chambers resolution, as well as links to the government's healthcare site.