Question #1: Is it true that the IRS is going to be in charge of enforcing the mandatory health insurance requirement?
Yes. Unfortunately, it looks like the IRS has been given the “enforcement job” by the new health care reform package passed by Congress. As I explained in my appearance on CNN last week, they are probably going to modify the IRS Form 1040 to include a section where you provide information on your health insurance coverage. If you do not have coverage and thus do not report health care coverage on your tax return to the IRS, you will be assessed a tax penalty.
Question #2: How do I find out if the IRS has sent my refund check yet?