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The GOP tax scam messed up people’s withholding — and the incoming fix from the IRS will be a nightmare

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If your tax returns are about to go through, be warned: the whole process might be about to give you another headache.

According to USA TODAY, the IRS is about to launch a release a new W-4 form to calculate paycheck withholding, the system with which most salaried workers have their tax payments deducted from their income as they receive it.

The new change comes after numerous problems with withholding in the wake of the GOP tax cut bill, which in many cases reduced people’s withholding by too much. As a result, some people who were expecting a refund got hundreds or thousands less than they were expecting — and some actually owed the IRS more money.

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The IRS’ new W-4 form, in theory, will ensure complete accuracy for withholding going forward, meaning that no one will either owe money or be due a refund in the future.

But the new form will be a nightmare to figure out for taxpayers, says ADP executive Pete Isberg: “The accuracy will be 100 percent, but the ease-of-use will be zero.”

In fact, the form will reportedly be so complicated — asking employees in advance to calculate their nonwage income, deductions, tax credits, and income from second and third jobs in the household for the whole upcoming year — that it could essentially be like having to file your tax return a second time.

If you thought taxes are frustrating to do now, it may be nothing to what’s coming up next.

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Republican’s latest anti-Schiff sign hilariously backfires

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House Republicans have had a difficult time defending President Donald Trump and his actions on Ukraine. They've tried to pivot to attack the process and claim that somehow Democrats are stacking the deck against the GOP. Unfortunately, however, they can't even do that correctly.

After a lunch break, Republicans in the House Intelligence Committee propped up a sign reading, "Days since Adam Schiff followed the rules 0." That would mean that Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is following the rules today. If Republicans meant to attack Schiff or claim that Democrats were ignoring the House rules it would read a larger number of days, for example, "4 days since Adam Schiff followed House rules."

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Trump White House shamelessly uses Fiona Hill’s testimony to paint Democrats as Russian puppets

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Even though former Trump National Security Council official Fiona Hill angrily denounced President Donald Trump and his allies for spreading Russian conspiracy theories during her impeachment inquiry testimony, the Trump White House is trying to turn her statements against House Democrats.

During her testimony, Hill said that Russia's actions during the 2016 presidential election are still being felt to this day, and they've all been negative for the United States.

"Our nation is being torn apart," she said. "Truth is questioned. Our highly professional and expert career foreign service is being undermined... The Russian government's goal is to weaken our country -- to diminish America's global role and to neutralize a perceived U.S. threat to Russian interests."

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GOP ignoring Sondland because they already know Trump is guilty and ‘just don’t care’: conservative columnist

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In a column for the Bulwark, the founder and editor of the conservative website took at hard slap at both Donald Trump's most avid defenders in Congress and their fellow Republicans who have remained silent after E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified in no uncertain terms that the president was engaged in bribery in his dealings with Ukraine's government.

According to Charlie Sykes, "Yes, there was a quid pro quo. The president demanded it. Everybody knew about it. There was no secret. But we knew all that didn’t we?"

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