First, your politicians took a 5 week vacation beginning early August…so they blew the September 30 deadline to pass a budget or CR to fund the government. They did that! You didn’t!
Second, the government got shutdown. Again, politicians did it, not you. That meant that government workers were sent home for two weeks and yes, you paid them to stay home — all because the politicians didn’t do their jobs.
And now? More disgrace. I read below that early filers hoping to get their tax refund early will be delayed two weeks…two weeks? Why? Because politicians did not do their jobs. This is not you, this is the politicians. The politicians can sugar coat it and call it a delay in tax filing season – but you know that it really means. It means WHEN you get your refund…now two weeks later…which is YOUR money being held by the government. It is an overpayment of taxes.
And compounding it — one Congressman could not stop himself from trying to score political points when he discovered your tax refund would be late. That’s creepy, isn’t it? Ranking Member, Democrat Sandy Levin could not stop himself from trying to gain political points with the press release below. He was quick to get this blame thing out below.
It is gross that people have to wait two weeks when they are not culpable and it is gross that politicians didn’t do their jobs in the first place and it gross that Rep Levin is trying to score political points. Did he really need to issue this press release? Why did he do it?
PERSONAL NOTE TO REP LEVIN and every other politician: there are many Americans who really DEPEND on those refunds and do financial planning based on them. That two week delay in getting them makes a big difference to them. Don’t you care? If you did, you sure don’t show it….
Levin Statement on Shutdown Delaying Tax Filing Season
WASHINGTON – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today made the following statement after the IRS announced that the 2014 tax filing season will be delayed by one to two weeks because of the government shutdown:
“This is yet another unfortunate effect of a shutdown that Republicans should have never caused. The entirety of the shutdown’s harmful impact won’t be known for months, if not longer. But what is already clear is that it has cost our economy tens of billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs. This tax-filing delay just adds insult to injury for Americans hoping to get a jump start on their tax refunds in January.”