Americans aren’t filing their taxes this year: IRS

Millions of Americans have not filed their income taxes with just one month left in the tax filing season, according to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), an issue that some experts blame on President Donald Trump’s political rhetoric.

The IRS has received 5.7 million fewer individual tax returns as of February 17 compared to the same period last year, an 8.5-percent drop.

The annual deadline to file one’s individual income tax return is April 15.

Experts believe that the trend can largely be blamed on Trump’s immigration policies, which have targeted millions of undocumented immigrants.

According to a report by Bloomberg, with the Trump administration’s promise to crack down on immigration, “undocumented immigrants may be afraid to create a paper trail with the government by claiming tax refunds.”

John Hewitt, chairman and chief executive of Liberty Tax, said earlier this month that there has been less individual taxpayer identification…

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