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Trump’s shutdown could delay your early tax refund — but it’s not a problem for the rich

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The Internal Revenue Service is in “uncharted territory” as the specter of a prolonged government shutdown threatens refunds as the country approaches tax season.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the IRS is operating with only one-eighth of its normal employees because tax season hasn’t yet begun — and that pay refunds are one of their services that’s on the chopping block.

“A shutdown that gets resolved within a few weeks would have little ultimate effect on taxpayers, but lawmakers have made little or no movement toward a deal,” the Journal noted. “That stalemate raises the prospect of an unprecedented extended closure during the individual income-tax filing season, which typically starts in mid-to-late January.”

“The IRS hasn’t announced a start date yet for the 2019 filing season,” the report added.

While the lack of refunds could affect early filers, it’s less likely to do so for those in higher tax brackets.

“Wealthier filers generally have more sophisticated returns and file later so they should not be affected as much” Floyd Williams, a former senior IRS official, told the Journal.

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Lower-income filers, meanwhile, “tend to file early in the season are taxpayers who count on large refunds to pay down debt, catch up on bills or make major purchases,” the report noted.

“We’re in uncharted territory as each day gets longer,” Mark Steber, chief tax officer at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc., told the newspaper.

 

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‘He should be hospitalized’: Internet stunned after Trump goes off on completely incoherent Mt Rushmore rant

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President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his face should appear on Mount Rushmore along with other major American presidents.

“If I answer that question yes, I will end up with such bad publicity,” Trump told The Hill, before pivoting to an incoherent rant about fireworks.

The president's rambling shocked many people on Twitter:

Apart from Trump’s apparent inability to string together coherent English sentences on the fly, note also the sheer ignorance and apathy toward the idea that there might be legitimate reasons why fireworks are not detonated around the Black Hills. https://t.co/jja2XD19Mw

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Trump: Immigrants didn’t want to come to America before I was president because ‘Obama wasn’t a cheerleader’

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President Donald Trump's strange rant about fireworks at Mt. Rushmore wasn't the only head-scratching exchange that occurred during his recent interview with reporters from The Hill.

During another part of the interview, Trump was asked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) criticism of the internment camps he's been using to house immigrant children.

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Trump is unhappy in reality — so he’s inviting everyone into his world of make-believe: columnist

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Confabulation is an unintentional event where someone's memory creates "fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world." Parataxic distortion is when a person tends to "skew perceptions" of others based on fantasy. Then there's political opportunism, a "diagnosis" that plagues politicians almost exclusively. Regardless of the cause, Washington Post syndicated columnist Michael Gerson noted President Donald Trump is not only creating his own reality, he's inviting his supporters to live inside of it.

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