Today is Tax Day, the filing deadline for Americans to submit their individual returns. You might notice a lot of the Congressional majority celebrating today, claiming that this is the final day of our “outdated tax laws” and many families will begin to benefit from the #TaxScam. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here’s what the #TaxScam has actually done:
- 83 percent of the tax cuts eventually go to the richest 1 percent of Americans.
- Banks are seeing huge windfalls, thanks to the legislation. JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America are all reporting major tax windfalls in the first quarter alone, worth more than all working and middle class family annual tax savings in 13 separate states.
- The bill’s provision to repeal the individual mandate means an estimated 13 million fewer Americans will have health insurance coverage.
- Companies are using their tax cuts to enrich their shareholders—not raise wages for working Americans. In fact, more than 100,000 layoffs, firings, or closures have been announced since the bill’s passage.
- Members of Congress are also seeing more money in their bank accounts. Some may be gaining hundreds of thousands or even millions from the pass-through loophole and Corker Kickback alone!
- Federal budget deficits will be $1.9 trillion higher over the next decade as a result of the tax law according to the Congressional Budget Office – putting health care, education, and other priorities at greater risk
Americans are taking notice of the lack of benefits for the majority of this country, as public opinion of the bill is falling and billboards are popping up to demand change. It’s clear: the tax bill, created and passed by Trump and the Congressional majority, is only good for those who are already extremely wealthy. Not one of the richest Americans? Then, don’t expect to be celebrating too much today.
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