PALO ALTO, CA -- FN -- Accountants, lawyers and information technology experts converged in Silicon Valley this weekend to evaluate the Trump 2019 tax app. Called Make America’s Taxes Easy (MATE), the mobile app lets taxpayers prepare and file taxes in just 60 seconds.
MATE was initially scheduled for release next Sunday. However, release has been tabled following evaluators’ widespread criticism of the app’s algorithms and user interface. Participants also suggest that the app name MATE could confuse mobile app shoppers.
Julie Fontana, an experienced accountant, expressed doubts that the app would generate adequate revenue. Said Fontana, “When I prepare tax filings, virtually every client is seeking deductions and exemptions. Until now we’ve had checks and balances to ensure that those claims are proper, but the Trump 2019 tax app makes tax evasion seamless.”
Described as “emoji-centric,” the tax app first asks “How would you feel about paying taxes this year?” The user may select a sunglasses emoji, a straight-faced emoji or a horror emoji. The user then enters a name, address and any Social Security Number and hits “Send.”
According to a tweet from Trump’s account in November 2018, the President created the app himself using a free platform called AppyPie. Content is processed by Donald Trump’s server at Trump Tower, which has close ties with overseas banks.