We are soon to see more deliberate and grotesque mismanagement of the federal system that I feel terrible for our country. It’s as if an 8-year-old were attempting to play president.
Trump should be led away at least in a strait jacket, if authorities can’t bring themselves to take him away in handcuffs. My face is weary of gasping. Two latest examples, which concern me as an employer and business owner:
1. The Post Office. One type of business which has really taken off in the last few years was FOOD DELIVERY or MEAL DELIVERY service such as Blue Apron. Other food delivery was well established, like gift and party foods like Harry & David. Some of those foods were perishable and had cold packs in the box, like for cheesecake and so on. So now there's more in the mail, with the addition of regular meal delivery.
Those packages of food are piling up in post offices, and some beginning to go bad. Post offices are now facing bug and vermin problems because of Postmaster DeJoy’s changes to mail service.
2. That payroll tax deferment that Trump signed an executive order about: It’s not even clear he has the authority to delay taxes at all. But he’s trying to go ahead with it.
What it actually means is that if your employer decides to agree to it, your Social Security taxes for the rest of the year will not be paid to the government. The employer might elect to take that tax and put it back in your paycheck — or the employer can put it aside to pay later.
Since this program starts Sept. 1, it means 4 month’s worth of tax not paid. That’s an awful lot to catch up with next year.
You’re better off if your employer doesn’t participate in this at all. Because next year all that tax will have to be paid before April 15th — so maybe you’ll have double taxes taken from paychecks starting next year. Even that won’t really catch up. If you haven’t paid all that tax by April 15th, then your employer has to pay what didn’t get paid in time. He can presumably get it back with deductions on your later paychecks (more double taxes). But in the meanwhile, it counted as extra income against you, and thus you owe more tax on it. It is an absolute nightmare of taxing.
Trump is now deciding that he’s going ahead with this nightmare for federal employees. I can’t believe it.