Taxpayers lash out at Donald Trump for Tax Cuts and Job Act 'scam' as data shows lower IRS refunds

'Worst tax return in a decade! He's lost my vote': Taxpayers lash out at Trump for Tax Cuts and Job Act 'scam' as IRS data shows refunds are smaller than last year

  • US taxpayers have lashed out on social media this past week after receiving lower refunds than last year
  • Some say they owe the IRS despite no apparent change in financial situation
  • Many said they voted for Trump but would not do so again because of taxes 
  • 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act promised lower taxes for the working class in 2018
  • But employers may have decreased the withholdings amount in salaries
  • It could mean employees paid less during the year and had more in the bank
  • If so, refunds may not need to be as high as 2018 because less was contributed 

By Leah Simpson For Dailymail.com

Published: 01:09 EST, 10 February 2019 | Updated: 03:59 EST, 10 February 2019

US taxpayers have lashed out on social media this past week after receiving lower refunds than last year and some finding they even owe the IRS money despite no apparent change in their financial situation.

American taxpayers were hit with the blow as the first week of filing came to a close February 1, despite the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act supposedly meaning lower taxes for the working class in 2018.

Some directly targeted President Donald Trump in their complaints online as the Internal Revenue Service released figures Friday showing the average refund amount in the first filing week for 2019 was down compared the same time in 2018.

US taxpayers have lashed out at Donald Trump on social media this past week after receiving lower refunds than last year
US taxpayers have lashed out at Donald Trump on social media this past week after receiving lower refunds than last year

US taxpayers have lashed out at Donald Trump on social media this past week after receiving lower refunds than last year

Total refunds were on average $1,865 for individuals in 2019 while it was $2,035 in 2018, meaning single people have lost out on about $170 or 8.4 percent
Total refunds were on average $1,865 for individuals in 2019 while it was $2,035 in 2018, meaning single people have lost out on about $170 or 8.4 percent

Total refunds were on average $1,865 for individuals in 2019 while it was $2,035 in 2018, meaning single people have lost out on about $170 or 8.4 percent

Many tweeters said they voted for President Trump but would not do so again because of taxes
Many tweeters said they voted for President Trump but would not do so again because of taxes

Many tweeters said they voted for President Trump but would not do so again because of taxes

One Republican said it was the 'largest tax increase of our lives' after completing his return
One Republican said it was the 'largest tax increase of our lives' after completing his return

One Republican said it was the 'largest tax increase of our lives' after completing his return

Total refunds were on average $1,865 for individuals in 2019 while it was $2,035 in 2018, meaning single people have lost out on about $170 or 8.4 percent.

A Twitter user posted Saturday: '#taxrefund last year .. $8000.. this year... $900. Lowest it’s been in 6 years. Wow, thanks @realdonaldtrump your trickle down tax is working wonders.'

'Despite adjusting my withholdings down, I went from getting a #taxrefund last year to owing $1700 this year! Same job, house, and situation. @realdonaldtrump, explain that!' one person tweeted.

'Completed my taxes. I file the same every year, claiming nothing. Getting back a fraction of 2017 return. Apparently I mis-read everything. Should have been called "Tax Refund Cuts" cause my returns suck!! Thanks @realdonaldtrump,' another wrote. 

Some even revealed they were turning against POTUS after voting for him in the 2016 elections. A social media posted 'after you screwed me... I won't vote for you again ... good luck in 2020.'  

One tweeter told Trump 'good luck in 2020' after saying they wouldn't vote for him again
One tweeter told Trump 'good luck in 2020' after saying they wouldn't vote for him again

One tweeter told Trump 'good luck in 2020' after saying they wouldn't vote for him again

Some say they owe the IRS despite no apparent change in financial situation
Some say they owe the IRS despite no apparent change in financial situation

Some say they owe the IRS despite no apparent change in financial situation

Many were confused as to how their refunds were vastly different despite no changes
Many were confused as to how their refunds were vastly different despite no changes

Many were confused as to how their refunds were vastly different despite no changes

With the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act promising lower taxes imposed on the middle class, it's possible employers adjusted the withholdings amount taken from a paycheck so employees received more money throughout the year and got a slightly lower refund.

It's possible some employers took too little from the paycheck but worker failed to notice and didn't plan to receive a lower refund than previous years.

Others showed no sympathy for those with lower refunds. They suggested taxpayers should have adjusted their withholdings even lower. 

'So many tweets about tax refunds. I haven't had a refund in years. A tax refund means you VOLUNTEERED to pay the govt. more income tax than was required. Plus the IRS can seize a refund in certain cases. Never pay more to the govt than what's required.' 

A tweeter called the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act a Donald Trump 'tax scam bill' on Saturday
A tweeter called the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act a Donald Trump 'tax scam bill' on Saturday

A tweeter called the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act a Donald Trump 'tax scam bill' on Saturday

Many complained they had relied on refund money to take care of certain plans
Many complained they had relied on refund money to take care of certain plans

Many complained they had relied on refund money to take care of certain plans

A social media user said: 'We the working class get trampled on by Uncle Sam #GOPLies'
A social media user said: 'We the working class get trampled on by Uncle Sam #GOPLies'

A social media user said: 'We the working class get trampled on by Uncle Sam #GOPLies'

One tweeter was unset he wouldn't be buying a new house for his family after working hard
One tweeter was unset he wouldn't be buying a new house for his family after working hard

One tweeter was unset he wouldn't be buying a new house for his family after working hard

In 2019, the government had repaid a whopping 30 percent less in refunds than the first week in 2018, with only $8.713billion going out this year compared to the previous $12.560billion.

However the IRS revealed 16,035,000 returns were received in week one and only 13,306,000 were processed. This compared to 18,302,000 filed in the same week in 2018 and 17,931,000 being processed.

It showed after the partial government shutdown the rate of processing had dramatically slowed by 26 percent and with the IRS warning of the delay last month, the number of returns submitted in the initial week was down 12.4 percent.

Even the number of visits to IRS.gov had decreased by 10.9 percent; only 66,310,000 visits were recorded in the week ending February 1 compared to 74,401,000 that week a year ago.   

Others showed no sympathy for those with lower refunds who voted for Donald Trump in 2016
Others showed no sympathy for those with lower refunds who voted for Donald Trump in 2016

Others showed no sympathy for those with lower refunds who voted for Donald Trump in 2016

Some tweeters had fun rubbing in the bad news for taxpayers looking forward to more money 
Some tweeters had fun rubbing in the bad news for taxpayers looking forward to more money 

Some tweeters had fun rubbing in the bad news for taxpayers looking forward to more money 

A sarcastic tweeter posted that the news of lower refunds in the first week can't be true
A sarcastic tweeter posted that the news of lower refunds in the first week can't be true

A sarcastic tweeter posted that the news of lower refunds in the first week can't be true

One social media user predicted it would only get worse for the middle class, calling it a 'scam'
One social media user predicted it would only get worse for the middle class, calling it a 'scam'

One social media user predicted it would only get worse for the middle class, calling it a 'scam'

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