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Fact Checkers Slam Democrats for Lies About GOP Tax Bill

Kamala Harris, Tom Perez, and Jeff Merkley each made false statements about a so-called tax break for private jets.

By NTK Staff | 12.06.2017 @1:29pm
Fact Checkers Slam Democrats for Lies About GOP Tax Bill

Eager to paint the Republican tax bill as catering to the wealthy, three Democrats made false claims about a tax provision that allegedly helped private jet owners.

The Washington Post’s fact checking team blasted those three Democrats, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and DNC Chair Tom Perez, for perpetuating untruths on social media. Here’s how the Post describes the argument:

One of the most widely shared claims came from Sen. Kamala D. Harris, who tweeted, “Retweet if you would not benefit from a private jet tax break,” on Nov. 17, linking to a Business Insider article with the headline, “The Republican tax bill has a provision that would end a headache for private jet owners.” Harris’s tweet prompted nearly 69,000 retweets and more than 35,000 likes.

Merkely and Perez went even further, claiming the tax break was paid for by “slashing” health care and education.

As the Post notes, this is simply untrue.

[T]he characterization of the excise tax clause as a tax break is misguided. The provision provides regulatory clarity on a tax that has never successfully been imposed on private jet management companies. In short, the companies can’t receive a break on taxes that were never collected.

Harris defends her tweet, arguing that they are simply describing the provision as it was reported in the media as a tax break. But that was not the case with the article she retweeted — which also noted that the tax provision was valued at less than $50,000 a year. Moreover, several outlets offered a detailed take on the provision, making clear it the clause aimed to settle a decades-long dispute between the IRS and private jet management companies.

Still, these tweets are not alike. Harris earns Three Pinocchios for referring to a “private jet tax break” and suggesting wealthy owners would gain.

But Merkely and Perez each earn Four Pinocchios for falsely suggesting that education and health care were slashed to pay for this $50,000-a-year “tax break.”

This is not the first and it surely won’t be the last instance of Democrats creating narratives about the GOP tax bill that are intended to scare Americans rather than represent the truth.

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