34% approve of Donald's tax law


A poll released Wednesday found that more people disapprove of Donald's 2017 tax-cut law than approve of it — the latest sign that the law is unpopular with voters.

Thirty-four percent of adults surveyed by Monmouth University said they approved of the plan, compared with 43 percent who disapproved of it. When asked about the law in March 2018, a Monmouth poll found 41 percent in favor of it and 42 percent against it.

The Monmouth poll found that 46 percent of respondents said their tax burden was the same this year as 2017. Just 14 percent said that burden went down, while 28 percent reported higher taxes.

The percentage of taxpayers in the new poll who said their taxes were the same was higher than those who in March 2018 expected their taxes to remain the same. In last year's poll, 31 percent said they expected no change, 23 percent expected their taxes to go down and 37 percent were expecting higher taxes.

The Monmouth poll is one of several in recent weeks to find low levels of popularity for the tax law, and most surveys taken since the law's December 2017 passage have found that more people oppose the law than support it. A Pew Research Center poll conducted late last month found that 36 percent of adults approve of the law, with 49 percent in opposition.

Wednesday's survey is also in line with other recent polls that found most people don't think they got a tax cut from the law. A Hill/Harris X poll found that 18 percent reported paying less in taxes, 32 percent said they paid more and 36 percent said they paid about the same.

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How can anyone approve tax laws where the rich get richer and the poor gets poorer?

oh, the bootlickers can.

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Would some of our more conservative posters care to comment on this--particularly those who heaped scorn upon our heads when the law was passed and we objected strenuously here on HT.

What are your thoughts now?


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34%......his base that believes he can do no wrong.....no surprise here.

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Now why would this post be held up for 3 hours before posting?

34% is right about the number of supporters trump has..

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Just 14 percent said that burden went down, while 28 percent reported higher taxes.

Bad sampling, or bad understanding of taxes. Has to be one or the other. But I guess in the end, poll responses are based on perception. And some people may be better off under the new plan but still not approve of it. I’d be one of those.

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50,219,667 Tax Return Filers Paid $0 or Less in Income Taxes

By Terence P. Jeffrey | April 15, 2019 | 5:31 PM EDT

CNSNews.com - Of the 150,272,157 tax returns filed for the 2016 tax year, 50,219,667—or 33.4 percent--were classified by the Internal Revenue Service as “nontaxable returns,” meaning the people who filed them paid $0 or less in income taxes, according to data published by the Statistics of Income Division of the IRS.

At the same time, 80 percent of all income taxes paid that year were paid by tax return filers who had adjusted gross incomes of $100,000 or more.

Table 2.3 in the Statistics of Income data released by the IRS lists the total number of all returns the IRS estimates it received in a tax year. It also breaks that number down by the number “taxable returns” and the number of “nontaxable returns.”

“A taxable return,” the IRS says, “is a return that has total income tax greater than $0.”

“A nontaxable return, on the other hand, could either have a zero or negative tax liability after accounting for all credits (including refundable credits),” says the IRS.

In 2016, according to Table 2.3, the IRS received 150,272,157 total tax returns. Of these, 100,052,490 were “taxable returns”—meaning the filers paid some income taxes—and 50,219,667 (or 33.4 percent) were “nontaxable returns”—meaning the filers paid $0 or less in income taxes.

In the years from 1986 to 2016, the percentage of tax returns that were “nontaxable” peaked at 41.7 percent in 2009, the year the last recession ended. The lowest percentage of nontaxable returns during that same period was in 1986, when only 18.5 percent of all returns filed with the IRS were from taxpayers who paid $0 or less in income taxes.

In 2009, the peak year for “nontaxable returns,” according to Table 2.3, the IRS estimates it received a total of 140,494,127 tax returns. Of these 81,890,189 were “taxable” and 58,603,939 were “nontaxable.”

In 2016, according to Statistics of Income Table 1.1, the IRS estimates that it collected a total of $1,446,047,984,000 in income taxes. Of that, $1,157,534,262,000—or 80.0 percent-- was paid by filers with adjusted gross incomes of $100,000 or more.

In the years from 1996 to 2016, the percentage of total income taxes paid by filers with adjusted gross incomes of $100,000 or more peaked at 80.5 percent in 2015. In that same period, the lowest percentage of total income taxes paid by filers with adjusted gross incomes of $100,000+ was in 1996, when it was 51.4 percent.

In 1996, the IRS estimates it collected $658,244,750,000 in income taxes and that $338,010,561,000 of that—or 51.4 percent--was paid by filers who had adjusted gross incomes of $100,000 or more.

Even when dependents who filed tax returns are removed from the data, nearly a third of tax filers still paid no income taxes.

“Dependent returns,” says the IRS, “are those filed by individuals who could be claimed as exemptions on another taxpayer’s return (usually that of a parent). In other words, the taxpayer claiming the exemption supplied more than one-half of that person’s support.”

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that President Donald Trump signed into law in December 2017 eliminated the personal exemption through at least 2025—but it still applied to taxes paid for 2016.

In 2016, according to Statistics of Income Table 1.7, 9,383,372 dependents filed income tax returns. Of these, 4,148,923 paid some income tax (totaling $3,663,049,000) and 5,234,449 did not pay any income tax.

When dependents and their tax payments are deducted from the national totals for 2016, there were 140,888,785 nondependent returns filed that year. Of these 95,903,567 were taxable returns and 44,985,218—or 31.9 percent of the total 140,888,785--were nontaxable returns, representing filers who paid $0 or less in income taxes.

The 150,272,157 tax returns the IRS estimated were filed for tax year 2016 included 54,042,991 jointly filed by a married couple; 3,068,134 filed by a married person filing separately; 21,659,639 filed by a head of household; 71,410,690 filed by a single person; and 90,703 filed by a surviving spouse.

Addendum: In its “Individual Income Tax Returns Complete Report-2016”, the IRS Statistics of Income Division provided a more detailed explanation of the distinction between “taxable and nontaxable returns.” It stated the following:

“The taxable and nontaxable classification of a return for this report is determined by the presence of ‘total income tax.’ Some returns classified as ‘nontaxable’ may have had a liability for other taxes, such as excess advance premium tax credit repayment, self-employment tax, uncollected employee Social Security and Medicare tax on tips, tax from recomputing prior-year investment credit, penalty taxes on individual retirement accounts, Section 72 penalty taxes, household employment taxes, health care individual responsibility payment, Additional Medicare Taxes, or golden parachute payments. These taxes, however, were disregarded for purposes of this classification, since four of the above taxes were considered Social Security (rather than income) taxes, and the remaining ones were either based on prior year’s income or were penalty taxes. The advance premium tax credit repayment was not an income tax but a repayment of money previously advanced to taxpayers for paying health insurance purchased on a health care exchange. Net Investment Income Tax from Form 8960 was added to income tax after credit to create income tax.

“For this report, the earned income credit, American opportunity credit, premium tax credit, regulated investment company, and health coverage credit are treated first as an amount used to offset income tax before credits. Since they were refundable, they were subtracted from income tax (for the statistics) after reduction by all other statutory credits. As a result, some returns became nontaxable strictly because of the refundable credit when the refundable credits equaled or exceeded income tax before credits reduced by any other credits.

“It should be noted that classification as taxable or nontaxable was based on each return as it was filed and does not reflect any changes resulting from audit or other enforcement activities.”


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Perception is everything FOAS

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Catkin - is there a point in there somewhere?

Seahorse - Yeah I get that. It’s just that while I approve of their disapproval, I’d prefer if they’d be disapproving for the right reasons. And I’m wondering if that’s the case. :)

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Taxpayers focus on refunds and balance due. The typical taxpayer has no idea what their actual tax liability is. All they care about is how much they are getting back

Our software includes a three year comparison along with return that we give to our clients. We spent lots of time pointing out that incomes had gone up, taxes had gone down, withholding had gone down and refunds had gone down.

As expected there were some losers - primarily couples with high incomes whose SALT deduction was limited to $10,000 and those with children over the age of 16. There were some big winners generally families in the 22% tax bracket with multiple children under age 17. Senior citizens with no dependents generally came out ahead of last year especially those with no mortgage. Many didn’t like the new tax law but understood that their actual tax liability didn’t go up after we showed them the numbers.

The media did taxpayers zero favors by reporting that refunds had gone down without emphasizing that tax liabilities and withholding had also gone down. Basically taxpayers got their refund throughout the year in their paychecks.

Personally, I don’t like the new law. The SALT limitation seems to be there to punish people in high tax states such as California and New York. Replacing personal exemptions for dependents over 16 with a $500 other dependent credit is harsh.

There are many things in the old tax law that need to be changed in my opinion but none of those were addressed.

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Perception is key. If voters don't perceive the tax cuts as a positive for them it will not be a positive voting issue come 2020....no more than it was in 2018.

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