Rep. Judy Chu: Republicans 'Made False Claims' About Tax Reform

February 15, 2019

By Justin Chermol

According to House Ways and Means Committee Member Judy Chu, the GOP "made false claims" about the tax bill that passed in December of 2017 and is taking effect this tax season.

"They said things like the American public would get on the average a $4,000 per person increase. Well, that is certainly not the case. There are many Americans that will not have enough, and will actually pay more in taxes than what they originally thought," Chu, a California Democrat, told Cheddar.

As the first tax season impacted by the reform legislation got underway, many Americans were surprised by receiving smaller refunds than expected ーor by getting tax bills. In many cases, the difference was due to a change in IRS withholding tables that left more money in people's paychecks while shrinking the size of their refunds. In other cases, the actual tax bill increased due to changes to the law like a new cap on property and local income tax deductions.

Chu blames the confusion on the rushedー and secretive ー nature of the legislation.

"I think that the tax bill was done haphazardly, in the dead of night. In fact, it was done in 51 days, there were virtually no hearings on this, and people didn't have a chance to even really look at it before it was passed by Republicans," she said. "So as a result, it was not planned for properly."

In response, the #GOPTaxScam hashtag has resurfaced on social media platforms in recent weeks.

Chu said she is also hearing that outrage directly from constituents.

"I've had letters from my constituents saying that they have to pay $3,000 more on their taxes ー something that really upsets them and really hurts their budget," Chu told Cheddar.

Now that Democrats have gained control of the House, Chu said there are plans to revisit the legislation.

"We want to have hearings right away about the true impact of tax law," she said.