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Washington DC and The Holy Land>As tax refunds shrink, Republicans scramble to defend Trump tax cut
oaklandhater 04:54 PM 02-23-2019
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...licans-1182286

As tax refunds shrink, Republicans scramble to defend Trump tax cut

Size apparently does matter, at least when it comes to tax refunds, and that’s put Republicans on the defensive as Americans start filing their returns.

With headlines blaring about smaller refunds in the first weeks of the three-month filing season, GOP lawmakers and their supporters are working in tandem to remind people that the GOP tax overhaul cut almost everyone’s taxes last year, regardless of what their tax refunds look like this year.

But Americans are accustomed to refunds, often big ones, and IRS statistics showing they are down by an average of 17 percent so far this year have forced a reckoning that conservatives didn’t expect. Democrats are doing their best to take advantage of it and ramping up their criticism of the tax overhaul, which passed without a single Democratic vote.

The Treasury Department has taken pains to note the numbers are early, coming just a few weeks after filing officially started Jan. 28.

“As we have noted, data this early in the filing season has many aberrations and isn’t useful in drawing broad conclusions on refunds overall," a Treasury Department spokesperson said when the latest batch was released Friday night. "There are many factors that impact refunds on a weekly basis that will normalize over time and lead to useful conclusions."

But Democrats think they have the upper hand for now. “In politics, if you’re explaining you’re losing,” said one Democratic aide, who asked to remain anonymous to freely discuss internal party strategy.

Republicans are acutely aware that there's a public relations problem.

A Feb. 11 tweet from 2020 presidential aspirant Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), charging that the refund decline resulted from a middle-class tax hike under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, drew more attention to the issue, prompting strong Republican pushback.
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Reerun_KC 10:24 PM 04-15-2019
Well I got a little cocky. Thought I was going to come out way ahead in the refund department.


Ended up when the smoke settled $134 positive in the account.

That includes paying the accountant, state of OK and my federal refund.

Saving grace this year was being 1/128 Cherokee. Not sure why. But it kept me from owing.
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Over Yonder 11:35 PM 04-15-2019
Originally Posted by Reerun_KC:
Well I got a little cocky. Thought I was going to come out way ahead in the refund department.


Ended up when the smoke settled $134 positive in the account.

That includes paying the accountant, state of OK and my federal refund.

Saving grace this year was being 1/128 Cherokee. Not sure why. But it kept me from owing.
You should run for President on the Democratic ticket!! You're closer to pure blooded than anybody they have running thus far :-)

:-)
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Chief Northman 11:55 PM 04-15-2019
News from Canada:

Filed my income taxes today. Got a $600.00 tax credit applied to my claim due to the national carbon tax implemenation (entire credit went on my claim, amount reflective for my family of four). The young, Asian-Canadian tax preparer (and for sure a new Canadian based on her poor English) seemed to “beam” when explaining this new tax benefit for Canadian families and tried to frame it as a conscientious initiative by the federal government (Trudeau).

I abruptly said, “Gas prices have risen 40 cents a litre since the national program came into effect. I expect the same to happen to all our other utilities.”

Silence.

A blush.

And she moved on to a question regarding my wife’s claim.

I admit I littered on the way home out of protest. I can’t wait for some of the Liberal supporting idiots at my workplace to bring up their awesome carbon tax credit.
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Chief Northman 09:56 PM 04-16-2019
And....

The province of Alberta ushers in a landslide majority Conservative government (Premier-elect Jason Kenney), ousting the democratic socialist New Democratic Party and now former Premier (Rachel Notley).

Welcome news for the resource industry. Expect projects like Keystone XL to be resuscitated now...
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GloryDayz 10:00 PM 04-16-2019
Originally Posted by Chief Northman:
And....

The province of Alberta ushers in a landslide majority Conservative government (Premier-elect Jason Kenney), ousting the democratic socialist New Democratic Party and now former Premier (Rachel Notley).

Welcome news for the resource industry. Expect projects like Keystone XL to be resuscitated now...
:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

The big red truck is thirsty, bring on the oil...
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BleedingRed 10:55 AM 04-17-2019
Only got about $2,000 back this year. God I love Texas, no state taxes.

NOW, Property tax is fucking insane here.
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