An article saying Congress has eliminated the child tax credit, mortgage deduction, and EITC from the tax code is satire.
It was posted on the National Report, which posts fake news stories, this week.
It includes fake quotes from Republican leaders in Congress, including Paul Ryan.
As of Thursday afternoon, the bogus article had tens of thousands of shares on Facebook and was generating buzz on Twitter.
But according to a disclaimer that was removed months ago, the National Report is merely satire and should be taken lightly.
“DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news,” it used to say.
The disclaimer added: Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental . The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help (and you may be if you are on this page), please consult a professional. National Report is intended for a mature audience and not for children under the age of 18.”
The satirical article also quoted economist “Paul Horner,” which is a made-up name frequently used by the National Report.
The National Report has posted other tax-related fake news stories, including on that said federal tax refunds would be delayed until October 2015.
It also made claims that AMC’s Breaking Bad would come back for another season and street artist Banksy was identified (also named “Paul Horner”) and arrested.