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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:32 AM

How many DUers use the $3 Presidential Election check mark on IRS taxes?


The Presidential Election Campaign fund is often forgotten on tax returns. It doesn't increase your tax OR reduce your refund.

Marta and I do it every year.

OS

The presidential election campaign fund checkoff appears on US income tax return forms as the question Do you want $3 of your federal tax to go to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund? ... Both the Republican and Democratic nominees in the general election receive a fixed amount of checkoff dollars.


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I (we) do it every year
14 (64%)
I (we) skip it every year
7 (32%)
Don't know anything about it
0 (0%)
I do it when I remember it
1 (5%)
other (feel free to explain)
0 (0%)
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Reply How many DUers use the $3 Presidential Election check mark on IRS taxes? (Original post)
Omaha Steve Feb 2018 OP
samnsara Feb 2018 #1
Fluke a Snooker Feb 2018 #2
Yupster Feb 2018 #4
LanternWaste Feb 2018 #7
NCTraveler Feb 2018 #3
fescuerescue Feb 2018 #5
LAS14 Feb 2018 #6
Omaha Steve Feb 2018 #8
LAS14 Feb 2018 #9
former9thward Feb 2018 #10
Omaha Steve Feb 2018 #11
former9thward Feb 2018 #12
Omaha Steve Feb 2018 #13

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:51 AM

1. i will skip it as long as trumps in office...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 12:25 PM

2. A more pertinent question...

 

How many DU's want to donate $1.50 to the Republican White Supremacist Nazi's?

...Thought so. Better to leave it unchecked and donate to the progressive...ALWAYS!

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Response to Fluke a Snooker (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 12:37 PM

4. That's always been the argument against public funding

of elections too.

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Response to Fluke a Snooker (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:43 PM

7. It's fun to pretend that one is the moral equivalent of the other...

It's fun to pretend that one is the moral equivalent of the other... but it really does little more than illustrate a thought process which denies both nuance and greater context, regardless of what you may inaccurately have "thought so."

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 12:27 PM

3. I don't support Republicans. nt.

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:37 PM

5. I do it for one reason

Statistically, the audit levels of those who don't check are slightly higher than those who do.

At least thats what my tax guy told me about 10 years back.

It may be BS, or no longer true. But it doesn't cost me anything to check the box, and it's not worth the time to throughly investigate.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:40 PM

6. That's interesting. Where does the money come from if not your taxes or refund? nt

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Response to LAS14 (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:24 PM

8. It comes from the general treasury fund


It has no effect on your tax or refund. It does come from taxes.

OS

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:56 PM

9. Ahh.. So it's like a vote instead of a donation. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 12:09 AM

10. Your last sentence is incorrect.

The presidential nominees do not receive the money. John McCain in 2008 was the last nominee to accept the money. Obama rejected it because it would have placed limits on the amount of money he could raise. In 2012 both Obama and Romney rejected the money for the same reason. In 2016 both Clinton and Trump rejected the money. No major party candidate in the future will ever accept the money. No one wants to be limited in the money they can raise.

So now the money just goes to fund third party candidates who qualify and to finance the major party conventions. If that is what you want to contribute to, more power to you.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 05:50 PM

11. Isn't it still 5% of the vote to qualify?


IF so third party candidates aren't getting it.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 06:14 PM

12. In 2012 minor party candidates got money.

None of them got 5%.

Libertarian Gary Johnson, Jill Stein of the Green Party, and Republican/Reform Party/Americans Elect candidate Buddy Roemer  received money.

I don't know who got money in 2016. Article on this by Think Progress: https://thinkprogress.org/the-288-million-in-campaign-funds-that-candidates-arent-using-fa62673bbcdc/

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Response to former9thward (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 11:31 AM

13. Looks like we will be skipping the $3 until the system gets changed


Thanks for the link.

OS

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