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WaPo Fact Checker: ‘Kamala Harris Leaps to Unwarranted Conclusions’ on Taxes

Harris’s Monday tweet was a “non sequitur that turns out to be nonsensical and misleading,” according to the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler.

By NTK Staff | 02.13.2019 @12:00pm
WaPo Fact Checker: ‘Kamala Harris Leaps to Unwarranted Conclusions’ on Taxes

Democrats are eager to cast the GOP tax cut law in any negative light they can, and the latest effort appeared on Monday when 2020 presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), tweeted about a drop in the average tax refund Americans are receiving this year.

Harris noted that the average refund is down about $170 this year and quickly blamed that tax cut law that passed Congress in late 2017.

“That’s not how any of this works,” Fox News contributor Guy Benson tweeted in response.

It turns out Benson is right.

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler called Harris’s tweet “a non sequitur that turns out to be nonsensical and misleading.”

For starters, the IRS did not accept returns until Jan. 28 this year. The data upon which Harris made her claim was from all returns processed through Feb. 1. So, basically we’re talking about the first five days of returns. Furthermore, “the size of a refund tells you nothing about a person’s tax bill,” according to Kessler.

In short, this is the most very basic problem with Harris’s claim:

But the size of the tax refund has no bearing on whether a person’s taxes rose or fell. A person might end up giving less of their income to the IRS — and still end up with a smaller tax refund.

Harris presented these facts without nuance or qualification, making it appear as though the smaller tax refunds were evidence of a tax hike on the middle class. In reality, the size of a tax refund reflects nothing about the size of a tax cut or tax increase — and at least in 2018, the vast majority of middle-class Americans can expect to pay less in taxes as a result of the Trump tax law.

Kessler handed out the Washington Post’s harshest rating, four Pinocchios, for Harris’s false claim.

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