Trump Seeks Mileage for Tax Cuts at Truck Company Appearance

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig testifies on his agency's budget before a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill

Trump Seeks Mileage for Tax Cuts at Truck Company Appearance

"We promised that these tax cuts would be rocket fuel for the American economy and we were absolutely right", Trump said.

Today is the deadline for filing federal income taxes under the first year of the tax cut enacted by a Republican-led Congress in 2017 and signed by President Trump.

Trump narrowly lost Minnesota to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and is hoping to flip the state in 2020.

"Losing? People who thought that getting a tax cut would mean a bigger tax refund", Romans explained.

Trump's tax day visit also renews attention on his refusal to release his tax returns.

While the trip was billed as a chance to meet with local business leaders on Tax Day, Minnesota likely will play a crucial role in deciding Trump's chances of winning reelection next fall as well. But history would appear to be against him: Minnesota has not voted for a Republican for president since Richard Nixon in 1972. Giving the president hope is the memory that his popularity outside the Twin Cities area helped the GOP flip two U.S. House seats away from the Democrats a year ago.

While the president seeks to leverage Tax Day to highlight his own economic policies, a recent poll found that most Americans don't believe they've directly benefited from the Republican tax bill. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat in the 2020 White House race, arguing that they added trillions of dollars to the nation's debt and disproportionately helped the wealthy.

Trump bucked decades of presidential tradition by declining to show voters his tax filings, both as a candidate and as president. The total number of people receiving refunds is down just under 2 percent; with the average refund down slightly more than 1 percent, from $2,864 to 2,833 this year.

Another poll in March found that only 21 percent of taxpayers expect to pay less taxes, despite promises from the Trump administration that savings would be universal.

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