IRS announces tax on drug makers

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has released its guidance on the healthcare-reform law’s tax on drug makers, according to documents posted on the agency’s website.

The tax applies to branded drug companies with total sales of at least $5 million to government health programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare and programs administered by the defense and veterans affairs departments.

The tax is expected to raise more than $2 billion per year, according to published reports. Drug companies have until Jan. 20 to obtain a fee calculation from the IRS, and until June 2 to offer comments.

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