According to the Internal Revenue Service, average tax refunds fell 8.4 percent last week compared to the same period last year in the first week of the tax season. Dipping refunds are fueling a growing army of taxpayers who are stunned by the consequences of the Trump taxation law and the effects of partial state closure.
Refund checks paid so far have been $ 1,865, compared to $ 2,035 in 2018 according to IRS data. Low-income taxpayers often sign up early to pay the money as quickly as possible. Many taxpayers expect reimbursements to make important payments, or spend the money on repairs, a vacation, or a car.
The IRS had estimated that, due to the changes this year, it would pay around 2.3 percent less reimbursement under Bloomberg federal tax law. According to MSNBC, 30 million Americans will owe the IRS money this year – 3 million more than before Trump's tax bill.
"There will be a lot of unfortunate people next month," said Edward Karl of the American Institute of CPAs to Politico. "Taxpayers want a big refund." According to Karl, 71 percent of taxpayers received reimbursements worth an average of $ 3,000 last year.
Taxpayers insulted on Twitter that they would always receive a refund – now they owe the IRS instead.
The number of reimbursements emanating from the IRS also declined – by 24 per cent – as the agency struggled to catch up after the government stagnation. The agency issued about 4.67 million tax refunds in the week ended February 1, compared to about 6.17 million in the same period in 2018, according to the IRS.
This year's sign-up season began two days after the end of the deadlock on January 25, it's complicated because it's the first time since the tax code of 2017 was passed. Although President Donald Trump praised the new code being simplified so people could file their taxes on a postcard, that is not the case.
In addition, the changes hindered payroll, so in many cases not enough money was withheld from employers, so people now have to pay more taxes. The new law also limits IRS deductions for paid state and local taxes, including property taxes, which is a nasty surprise to many applicants. Some other prints are no longer allowed.
The frustration should continue to support support for plans to increase taxes on the ultra-rich. Last month's survey found that nearly 60 percent of registered voters support a plan by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to impose a marginal tax rate of 70 percent on the annual income share that exceeds $ 10 million a year.
Twitter fills up with complaints from people whose situation has changed radically.
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