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Shrinking Tax Refunds Cast a Shadow on Trump's Signature Law

•, Laura Davison

But fewer people are getting refunds this year and that's causing angst for Republicans who want to convince voters that the 2017 tax overhaul really did give them a tax cut. If middle America can't be persuaded, it could have big implications for the long-term viability of the overhaul, and how consumers spend their extra income.

Republicans are on the defensive. The once little-noticed ritual of releasing weekly refund data during the tax filing season has become politically fraught, with unfavorable data being released late on a Friday night, and better figures a week later causing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to take to cable news to tout success.

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