Victoria Pearl-Wright, a new mother and small business owner, told MSNBC on Monday what it was like to discover she owed “thousands” in taxes to the IRS, thanks to tax reforms championed and passed into law by President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, saying she broke down in tears.
“Typically I enjoy tax season because it’s easy for me to do and we typically get a refund,” Pearl-Wright said. “I get it done as soon as possible.”
Pearl-Wright, who has a three week-old child, had been expecting a refund of about $5,000, which she had planned to use to “cover the cost of her unpaid maternity leave,” said reporter Jake Ward. Instead, she and her husband learned they owed money.
“I called my husband immediately, crying,” she said. “I was in a large amount of stress at that point. That’s almost traumatizing.”
Pearl-Wright’s said her family earns less than $50,000 per year, but no longer qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. In addition, the Republican-led reforms wiped out taxpayers’ personal exemptions, including work-related expenses, and set a cap on state and local tax deductions as well. Ward noted that “millions of Americans” are having the same unpleasant surprise.
“We were banking on the refund,” said Pearl-Wright, who cut her maternity leave short as a result of her unexpected debt, and is still trying to figure out how she’ll pay her tax bill. “We live paycheck to paycheck and we can’t in a sense save right now.”
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Mayors rush to impose curfews as civil unrest rocks cities from coast-to-coast
Minneapolis was the first to impose curfews designed to prevent protests of police violence after Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a curfew on Friday.
On Saturday other cities followed suit, with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan imposing a curfew set to start only 14 minutes after her announcement.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a curfew for downtown LA.
Protesters give Donald Trump a one-finger salute as Marine One flies over DC protests
President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC on Saturday as large crowds of protesters fill the city's streets.
Trump had flown to Florida to see the launch of the SpaceX Starship and returned as the sun was going down.
BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall captured a picture of Marine One approaching the White House -- and being welcomed back to town with raised middle fingers.
Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.
Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report
President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he intends to let Russia attend the next Group of Seven summit.
Since 2014, Russia's membership in the organization has been suspending in response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea. That changed the name from the G8 Summit to the G7 Summit.
The announcement came from pool reporter Gabby Orr of Politico, who said Trump will also invite South Korea, Australia and India to the next summit, which he is postponing until September.
More via pooler: “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,’ he said. Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”