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Undocumented Arizona DACA recipient posted about paying her taxes and it went viral

  • As they say, nothing in life is certain but death and taxes — yes, even if you’re undocumented. On Sunday, 
  • Arizona State University student and undocumented American Belén Sisa posted a selfie with her 1040 tax form in hand to bust the myth that undocumented Americans don’t contribute to the economy.“I cannot receive financial aid from the state or federal government for school, I cannot benefit from unemployment, a reduced health care plan or a retirement fund,” Sisa wrote. 

  • “Wanna tell me again how I should be deported, contribute nothing and only leech off this country while the 1% wealthiest people in this country steal from you every day?” Read more. (3/29/2017 5:20 PM)

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Tax season can be confusing somewhat terrifying, but don’t panic! Rachel breaks it down for you.

On Autism and taxes

Coltrane has a medication management appointment today. I think treating the ADHD with a stimulant has been our best bet but we need a higher dose. He’s no longer taking risperidone, the only FDA approved drug for irritability in kids with autism. He experienced derealization last time I gave it to him so I took him off. His dr won’t care they basically do what i ask which is sometimes disconcerting. What’s really crazy, is there’s no real thing as a psychiatrist for developmental disabilities.

For sure there are people who treat this population but there’s no track in medical school where someone specializes in courses for them. It’s basically semi informed guesswork. I’m always startled by this disconnect. Last time his dr downplayed the role of medication and asked me if I used a star chart. This is a kid whose frontal lobe is basically offline until mess hit his system. He went from screaming in circles to reading all of Matilda the first day of Ritalin.

On another note, I’ve gotten 2 of the kids socials after years of fighting for it. Claimed them on my taxes but am now tied up for 3 months at least fighting for tie breaker rules since someone beat me to the punch. Delayed refund is depressing given summer camp season. Agency offers zero towards camp, received financial aid for 3 biggest but still left with a bill of $8000.

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Trump paid $38 million tax on $150 million income in 2005, report and White House say

  • On Tuesday evening, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow released partial documents from one of Trump’s tax returns showing the president paid $38 million on over $150 million in income from his business and media empire in 2005.
  • A simultaneous report on the Daily Beast, where Johnston is a contributor, showed Trump and his wife Melania paid a cumulative $5.3 million in regular income taxes, a rate of under 4%, and another $31 million in the “alternative minimum tax,” a tax for individuals and organizations with special circumstances that allow them to pay a lower rate.
  • That means, in 2005, Trump paid net federal taxes of roughly 25.33%. As the Daily Beast noted, Trump appears to have taken advantage of a $916 million loss from his casino businesses in 1995 to lower his overall tax burden even as late 2005.
  • The two pages of Trump’s 2005 were released on Johnston’s website, though it was crashing from heavy traffic as of Tuesday evening.
  • In response, the White House gave an identical quote to several media organizations confirming that Trump paid $38 million on his 2005 tax bill, Reuters’ Jennifer Ablan reported. The White House added the president had a responsibility to “pay no more than legally required.” Read more (3/14/17 9:35 PM)
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New Jersey is poised to be the first state to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns

  • President Donald Trump was the first presidential nominee since 1976 to not release his full tax returns — and New Jersey is working to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
  • New Jersey’s state legislature passed legislation on Thursday in response to Trump’s withheld tax returns. 
  • The bill, which is now up to Gov. Chris Christie to approve, would require all candidates for president and vice president to release tax returns “for at least the five most recent taxable years” in order to appear on the state ballot. The bill also prohibits New Jersey electors from voting for candidates that have not released their tax returns.
  • “This is an issue of national security as well as transparency,” Assemblyman John McKeon, one of the bill’s main sponsors, told NJ.com. Read more (3/17/17 1:29 PM)

Thanks to the Pentagon, the American taxpayer may be sending money right into Trump’s pocket

  • The Department of Defense is mulling whether to rent space in Trump Tower in New York, according to the New York Times, a move that could directly line Trump’s pocket with taxpayer cash.
  • A Defense Department spokesman said the the space is “necessary for the personnel and equipment” to protect the Trumps in their personal residence in the tower, the New York Times reported. First lady Melania Trump and Trump’s son Barron live there full time. Read more

Fuckin ancap memes infiltrating my tumblr because  American conservatives are reblogging them…

Alright, the ancaps can believe whatever dumb shit they want, I don’t care. But as a shoutout specifically to my American followers this meme is 100% anti-constitution. 

Section 8 (of the US Constitution) 

1: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

There you go. If you want to live in the United States and have your rights protected by the US military you best believe you’re gonna pay federal taxes. So get the hell over it. 

I can’t believe I had to make this goddamn post. 

Richard Spencer’s white supremacist group loses its tax-exempt status

  • White supremacist organizer Richard Spencer has collided with something that might smart a little more than a punch to the face: The revocation of his organization’s tax-exempt status by the IRS.
  • The Los Angeles Times reported Monday evening that Spencer’s National Policy Institute, the quasi-academic think tank behind a notorious Washington, D.C., conference in November, has lost its tax-exempt status after the paper inquired whether Spencer had filed proper paperwork to fundraise in Virginia. Read more (3/13/17 11:18 PM)