Tax season has just begun and some Americans have already filed their taxes for 2018. And while many people generally expect a hefty refund, several have found themselves with a surprise tax bill from the IRS.
“I literally screamed when I saw my refund,” says Elissa Crooks. The 41-year-old from Orlando says that her refund was slashed by roughly $1,400 when she filed her 2018 taxes a few days ago.
She says that she relies on her refund to cover the property taxes on the house she bought four years ago. A Democrat whose voting history has included candidates from both parties, she says that she was “very upset” about her lower refund.
“I waited over the weekend to hit the send button because I thought something had to be missing,” she says. “I went over it with a fine-toothed comb. I didn’t know why it was so different.”
Crooks isn’t alone. On Twitter, the hashtags #TrumpTaxScam and #GOPTaxScam are full of angry tweeters, complaining that their refunds were either greatly reduced, or that they now owe the IRS, thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed in December 2017. Many say they feel betrayed by President Trump, who they voted for in 2016.