The Internal Revenue Service released data late Friday showing refunds are down for the third consecutive week, Politico reported, with the typical payment made through Feb. 15 totaling $2,703, compared to $3,256 during the same period last year.
"This filing season is the first under Republicans’ overhaul of the tax code, and lawmakers have already been under fire as some taxpayers find their expected refunds smaller or gone altogether," Politico wrote Friday. "The payments are sacrosanct to many Americans who rely on them to fill holes in their budgets."
Reaction was mixed on Twitter, but many voiced their frustration with the GOP's tax 'scam' overhaul and vented in response to Politico's tweet on taxes late Friday evening. A few of the best responses below.
@politico Taxes withheld this year down 12% from last year, while income was up 5.6%. I get back $200.— Joshua Mallon (@Joshua Mallon)1550893829.0
@politico @AdamWeinstein Ah, the billionaires haven't filed yet?— Brett (@Brett)1550892633.0
@politico If only the MAGA'S had been warned about the tax scam. Oh wait, we did warn them.— KATE COLE Wear your mask! It's patriotic! 12121 (@KATE COLE Wear your mask! It's patriotic! 12121)1550894170.0
@politico It’s true. The #GOPTaxScam is the scam of the century Many many stories of working class families being screwed— GOP Tax Scam (@GOP Tax Scam)1550892308.0
@politico So sort of like a tax increase for regular Americans?— David Barham (@David Barham)1550892857.0