We told you. We tried to warn you.
“Trump is going to drain the swamp! Trump is going to fix our broken tax system!”
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These were the cheers heard from the right. Trump supporters were elated when Trump finally passed his tax reform. You know, the bill that was great for corporations but thoroughly dicked down everybody else?
Well, tax season is starting to ramp up into full swing as we all should have received our W2 forms from people who threw money at us in 2018. And, in a surprise only to them, middle class Trump supporters are learning that they owe quite a bit more in taxes in 2018 than they did in 2017.
This is thanks to Trump eliminating many deductions that middle class families previously enjoyed while placing a limit on the amount of deductions that can be taken.
In other words:
Previously a family of four got $16,200 (4x$4050) personal exemptions PLUS deductions (mortgage interest, charity, SALT, etc.) of say $24K so total deduction was $40,200.
Now only get standard of $24K.
They got screwed.
It is that simple.#GOPTaxScam #GOPTaxSCAMStories
— Cling 2 Reality (@Cling2Reality) February 6, 2019
Many shared their frustration on Twitter as they slowly realized what was happening:
2017 taxes = $5,408 refund …
Unchanged salary, unchanged withholding…
2018 taxes = $440 owed to the IRS.
— Michael K Richards (@_hesh_) February 4, 2019
That’s quite a swing.
Sitting here reading the #GOPTaxScamStories , about people owing on their taxes rather than getting a refund. Maybe Republican voters will appreciate Obama a little more now. He was looking out for the middle class. You guys didn’t deserve him. pic.twitter.com/xtummzrOjw
— T. Knight (@VeryBadlyBurned) February 7, 2019
And some who were fooled by Trump’s antics have vowed to never fall victim to them again.
@POTUS thank you for screwing the middle class with your tax reform. I have never in my life, I’m 49 years old, had to pay into the IRS until this year. We have a combined income of 150,000. The middle class voted for you. I will not make the same mistake twice.
— Joel Serbin (@JoelSerbin) February 4, 2019
@realDonaldTrump I trusted and voted for you, now, screwed by you. I fall JUST above a tax bracket, I don't get the 5000 return I've gotten the last 3 years. Money my family depends on to start us over. I served my country honorably. I will not make the same mistake twice.
— Matt Davis (@MattDav72811123) January 30, 2019
#GOPTaxSCAMStories I’m a Republican in CA. Just finished taxes. W/ $1,500 of add’l taxable income in 2018, I’m paying almost $5k more to IRS. WTF?! Thought it was gonna be bad, but not this bad. If Republicans are raising my taxes, I need to start voting for Dems in 2020.
— MattMagilke (@MMagilke) February 8, 2019
I’m aware that the new tax law affects me as well, so I assure you I take no joy in the #MAGAmisery. Okay, maybe I giggled about it for a short while. But you get the idea.
Between this, the Matthew Whitaker hearing today, and all the various indictments/convictions/plea deals from the Mueller investigation, it looks like it’s going to be a rough year for Trump and his comrades.
You can find more of these stories with the hashtag #GOPTaxScamStories.
And this gif says so much while not saying anything at all: