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Fake-News: 'Tax Refunds to be Delayed Until October 2015'


Outline

Online 'news' story claims that, due to a directive from the Obama administration, tax refunds owed to American taxpayers will now be delayed until October 2015.

Tax refund delayed

Brief Analysis

The claims in the story are false. No such tax refund delay will occur. The story comes via the fake-news website National Report. National Report bills itself as satirical and none of the stories it publishes should be taken seriously.

Example

2014 Federal Tax Refunds To Be Delayed Until October 2015

<National Report>Normally when you file your taxes whatever money is owed back to you is quickly repaid. The process of getting your money back has been made even quicker in recent years through the use of E-file and direct deposit of Federal tax rebates. But starting in 2015 Federal tax refunds for the 2014 fiscal year are going to take longer for Americans to receive. A lot longer.

The deadline to have your Federal taxes filed will remain April 15th, but under new directives issued to the IRS no refunds are to be issued before October 15th, 2015.

Detailed Analysis

'News' Story Claims US Tax Refunds to Be Delayed

According to an online 'news' story that is currently being extensively shared via social media, taxpayers in the US will now have to wait until October 2015 to get their tax refunds.

Supposedly, the new refund delay policy is being 'championed by the Obama administration' in a move to save the country '30 billion dollars on borrowing costs and additional interest'.

Understandably, the story has caused considerable angst and outrage as it travels, with many commentators berating President Obama for his new refund policy.

Story is Untrue - Comes From Fake-News Site 'National Report'

However, the claims in the story are false. Tax refunds will not be delayed as claimed. At least in this instance, the angst against President Obama is unfounded.

The story comes courtesy of National Report, a website that churns out a seemingly endless stream of drivelling nonsense gussied up as news. National Report apparently considers itself satirical, although the material it produces is hardly deserving of a satire tag.

Because the site presents its fictional stories as seemingly legitimate news reports, many visitors tend to believe the stories and share them via social media. And, National Report no longer displays a disclaimer that alerts visitors that its material is not real news.

Thus, many of the site's stories tend to go viral, spreading misinformation and causing confusion and anger as they pointlessly circulate.

It is wise to verify any 'news' reports that come your way before you share them on your networks.





Last updated: October 7, 2014
First published: October 7, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
2014 Federal Tax Refunds To Be Delayed Until October 2015
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