IRS Has Received More Than 330,000 PPACA Tax Credit Calculation Requests

The IRS has processed more than 330,000 tax premium computation requests through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act data hub.

The Internal Revenue Service has received more than 330,000 requests from consumers looking for premium tax credit calculations, with an average response time of 0.21 seconds, through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act data hub, according to a blog post by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

The tax credits will help people pay for health insurance coverage purchased through the exchanges. Additionally, the IRS has received and responded to more than 1.3 million requests for historical household income and family size tax data from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act data hub, although that number doesn't reflect the number of people requests were made about, according to Secretary Sebelius.

As of Friday, nearly 700,000 Americans had completed applications for coverage through the healthcare reform law's marketplaces, according to the blog post. Republican lawmakers have called for enrollment numbers in light of various technical issues that have plagued the federal exchange website, HealthCare.gov, since it launched earlier this month.

The glitches have included people not being able to create accounts and crashes due to high traffic, among other issues. The Obama administration has announced a "tech surge" involving experts from inside and outside the government to repair the site.

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