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IRS: DON'T PAY THIS ONE

IRS: DON'T PAY THIS ONE

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The head of the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday there is one line on the 1989 tax forms that can be ignored by millions of elderly Americans - the one suggesting they may owe a surtax to pay for catastrophic health coverage under Medicare.

``Ignore the line,' IRS Commissioner Fred Goldberg said when asked about the form on NBC-TV's ``Today' show.``We have to print (the forms) in October,' he said. 'Congress did not make the decision (to repeal catastrophic coverage) until December. It's real simple: Just ignore the line.'

And what about taxpayers who made extra payments during 1989 in anticipation of owing the surtax?

``If they have paid too much, it will be part of their refund and we will get it back to them as soon as possible,' said Goldberg.

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