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Ivanka Trump is on the TV talking about taxes, but that does not mean she knows about taxes. Certainly not how they work for people without armies of accountants.

1) It is already possible to file your taxes on a single sheet of paper under certain circumstances, if you really want to:

The 1040EZ return allows single and joint filers without dependents to file their taxes as long as they aren’t taking most tax credits and don’t have more than $100,000 in taxable income.

“You can file with the EZ form, but it’s probably not in your best interest,” Mark Steber, chief tax officer at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, a tax preparatory company, told NBC News. “I do not envision a scenario where our society is so simple and so standardized that … 100 million plus Americans will pay a fair amount of tax and be equitably treated with nine lines.”

2) The tax scam the Republicans passed will not do what Ivanka says it will do:

The Republican tax bill does not pass the postcard test.

It leaves nearly every large tax break in place. It creates as many new preferences for special interests as it gets rid of. It will keep corporate accountants busy for years to come. And no taxpayer will ever see the postcard-size tax return that President Trump laid a kiss on in November as Republican leaders launched their tax overhaul effort.

Maybe Ivanka’s kind of lying and/or ignorance plays well with Fox News viewers. But if they remember it come April when that postcard has been replaced by reams of worksheets to figure out a new and unfamiliar tax system, even a few Fox viewers might feel a little cheated.

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