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  1. RunInRed

    2018 Tax Return

    Interested to see how every one shakes out from 2018, the first full year the Trump tax code was in effect. Millions of Americans could be stunned as their tax refunds shrink Millions of Americans filling out their 2018 taxes will probably be surprised to learn that their refunds will be less than expected or that they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service after years of receiving refunds. People have already taken to social media, using the hashtag #GOPTaxScam, to vent their anger. Many blame President Trump and the Republicans for shrinking refunds. Some on Twitter even said they wouldn’t vote for Trump again after seeing their refunds slashed. The uproar follows the passage of a major overhaul to the tax code in December 2017, which was enacted with only Republican votes and is considered the biggest legislative achievement of Trump’s first year. While the vast majority of Americans received a tax cut in 2018, refunds are a different matter. Some refunds have decreased because of changes in the law, such as a new limit on property and local income tax deductions, and some have decreased because of how the IRS has altered withholding in paychecks. John Prugh of Ewing Township, N.J., was irate when he completed his 2018 tax return this month and discovered his refund would be $3,000 less than what he received last year. Prugh considers himself “solidly middle class.” The 39-year-old is a manager at a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and his wife works for the state government. They have two children. Prugh said he had no reason to believe their tax situation would change this year because he and his wife have lived in the same house for years while their incomes have remained stable. “It totally feels like a scam,” said Prugh, who did not vote for Trump. “I did still get a small refund, but compared to what I was expecting from previous years, it was shock.” The average tax refund check is down 8 percent ($170) this year compared to last, the IRS reported Friday, and the number of people receiving a refund so far has dropped by almost a quarter.
  2. RunInRed

    Forbidden messages are popping back up...

    Should be fixed now ... let me know if that's not the case.
  3. The U.S. Treasury Department announced plans to issue another record-breaking amount of debt, giving President Donald Trump’s re-election opponents more ammunition as they question whether his tax cuts will pay for themselves. The federal budget shortfall is set to swell, driven by tax cuts, spending increases and an aging American population. As a result, the Treasury is raising its long-term debt issuance at its quarterly refunding auctions to $84 billion, the department said Wednesday, $1 billion more than three months ago. Such elevated levels of borrowing will finance the widening deficit, with Wall Street strategists projecting new debt issuance will top $1 trillion for a second straight year. Debt sales have already surpassed levels last seen when the country was digging out of its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Combined with needing to fund the shortfall, the Treasury has been selling more debt as a result of the Federal Reserve’s strategy to slowly let government debt roll off its balance sheet. Initial tax receipts call into question the Trump administration’s projection that extra economic growth would generate enough revenue to offset its tax cuts. Corporate income taxes paid to the U.S. Treasury fell to $205 billion in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30 -- a 31 percent drop from the prior year. A decrease of that magnitude is unusual during a period of economic growth. The Congressional Budget Office forecasts the federal budget deficit will top $1 trillion in 2020, with the U.S. government spending about $7 trillion just to service that debt. The massive fiscal shortfall has drawn concern from investors, with DoubleLine Capital LP’s Jeffrey Gundlach calling it a “horrific situation” in his annual webcast. Billionaire investor Seth A. Klarman, in a letter presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, said global social tension, receding American leadership and rising debt levels all present a red flag. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-30/u-s-debt-sales-break-records-again-feeding-deficit-criticism?srnd=premium
  4. RunInRed

    Is it time for a BB Rivals sub-forum?

    We now have a Basketball Rivals sub-forum ...
  5. This article is a little dated but I just ran across and albeit long, is a tremendous read. Worth your time ... https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/10/25/suffocation-of-democracy/
  6. RunInRed

    Kendall Simmons joining staff

    Brings back memories ...
  7. RunInRed

    Bammers vs Clemson - 2019 edition

    This beat down is pretty impressive
  8. RunInRed

    The Stock Market

    If you booked a 12% annual return I'm not sure what anemic growth you're griping about ...
  9. RunInRed

    The Stock Market

    So what happened during the Obama years, did you not know what you were doing then?
  10. RunInRed

    The Stock Market

    How's your portfolio doing?
  11. RunInRed

    Warren is in

    I like Warren but I am intrigued by Beto as well. I’m a hard pass on Harris and Booker. Interested to see if Bloomberg jumps in.