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Americans Brace for Wave of Audits Under $80-Billion-Richer IRS

AMAC Exclusive – By Tom Campbell

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The workforce of America’s most reviled federal agency is about to double in size. On Friday, the House of Representatives returned briefly from its August recess to pass the Senate’s massive tax-and-spend budget package. Included with the hundreds of billions of dollars of new spending is $80 billion for the IRS to hire 87,000 new agents to go after American taxpayers.

On August 7, after an all-night “vote-a-rama,” Senate Democrats rammed through the bill, misleadingly titled the “Inflation Reduction Act” (IRA), on a party-line vote using the reconciliation process that bypasses the normal 60-vote threshold. This was after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reached an agreement with West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, who was integral in tanking the $2.2 trillion budget package passed by the House last November. At the time, Manchin objected to more spending and tax increases on Americans during a period of high inflation, a position that clearly changed given his green-lighting of a supercharged IRS this time around.

The money allocated to the IRS will increase the agency’s budget by 600 percent, making it one of the largest federal agencies. The surge in the workforce will make it larger than the Pentagon, the State Department, the FBI, and Customs and Border Protection combined.

While congressional Democrats argue that the huge increase in the agency’s size is needed to go after billionaire tax cheats, it comes as the federal government is projected to collect an all-time high $5.04 trillion in taxes in fiscal year 2022. The government is on track to hit this record without the additional IRS agents. Moreover, there are some 735 billionaires in the U.S. – making Democrats’ claim that they need 87,000 new IRS employees to deal with them even more outrageous.

But Democrats know full well the additional IRS agents will not be focused solely on scrutinizing wealthy individuals and businesses. The IRA authorizes roughly $430 billion in new spending, which requires new funding mechanisms. Of the $80 billion allocated to the IRS, $46 billion, or nearly 60 percent, is for “enforcement” purposes. While Senate Democrats have said increased audits are not “intended” to increase the tax burden on Americans making less than $400,000 per year, Senate Republicans have countered that agents will necessarily have to turn to middle- and working-class Americans to raise the $200 billion required by the bill. In fact, the Joint Committee on Taxation has said 78 to 90 percent of the revenue raised by ramping up audits will come from those making less than $200,000.

During the debate on the IRA, Senate Democrats further showed that they are not serious about their claim that low- and middle-income earners would not pay more in taxes. Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho offered an amendment that would have prohibited any of the $80 billion for the IRS from being used to audit individuals or small businesses with taxable incomes below $400,000. The amendment failed on a party-line vote, with every Senate Democrat voting against.

No doubt the supersizing of the IRS will not just target the “rich” as congressional Democrats promise. The IRS will not be going so much after the millionaires and billionaires, who can hire accountants and lawyers to fight off audits, as they will low- and middle-income earners, who will be the easier targets because they do not have those same resources.

Equally concerning is that Americans do not have to go too far back in their memories to recall abuses by the IRS. In 2013, the agency admitted to targeting conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status during the 2012 election, subjecting them to heightened scrutiny and delays. And in 2021, as Democrats were debating a new wealth tax, confidential tax information of private citizens was leaked from the IRS to the left-leaning outlet ProPublica.

It is difficult to imagine how doubling the size of the IRS would not lead to an even greater potential for abuse this time around – particularly with such a massive influx of funding for new bureaucrats who are overwhelmingly liberal. With an army of new agents, the IRS will have heightened ability to increase audits exponentially. The threat of those audits potentially targeting individuals, businesses, and organizations whose politics and policy positions are not aligned with the administration in power cannot be discounted.

As they continue to face the pain of inflation due to the policies of the Biden Administration, working Americans now have to worry about tens of thousands of additional IRS agents looking to squeeze tens of billions of dollars out of them to fund the federal government’s spending binge.

Tom Campbell is the pen name of a Washington, D.C.-based professional with more than a decade of policy and legislative experience at the state and federal levels of government.


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Marie Langley
1 month ago

Welcome to the new world order. If you a registered Republican you might as well face the fact that you will be audited. The Obama administration also went after conservatives.
You can always tell when Biden is lying because his lips are moving. How does he sleep at night? He is so corrupt……………Such fools that voted for him.
LET’S GO BRANDON!!!!!!!!!

patriot
1 month ago

Aren’t you glad that you will not have to pay more taxes if you made less than $400,000 dollars last year? But unfortunately when Biden or his leftist crew’s lips move, they are lying, so we will likely all be audited and may be required to pay more on the spot since all the IRS agents will be carrying!
I don’t know why else the agents would need to carry a weapon.

Frank Maxant
1 month ago

   87,000 new IRS agents? What scares most is they have the lawless power to assess our property,

   
An IRS assessment is a warrant having, in practice, the effect of a court order.

   Our federal Constitution’s 4th Amendment stipulates that “no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation”.

This makes an IRS assessment constitutionally unenforceable unless an IRS agent puts him or herself under the pains & penalties of perjury!

OUR IRS HAS IGNORED THIS SINCE ITS INCEPTION.

Our Constitution creates the first-ever government that governs citizens, not subjects. Only our Sovereign does not have the authority to resort to summary means to acquire what it needs to exist. Ours, alone, is a government of the governed.

James Madison makes this unmistakably clear. His writings are replete with the principle “power to the People”. At one point he asks, in effect, “Who would want to live where the government can arbitrarily take one’s property?” At another point he states words that became the 4th Amendment.

Reining in our IRS will most likely be through a lawsuit, the point of controversy being “Do the words of the 4th Amendment mean what they say?” The person who can bring this suit must have very particular characteristics, such that the suit is unlikely to be joined any time soon.

It is well worth searching for that person, then supporting him or her!

The award will include further perfecting, in a signifant and very important way, the protections of our liberties promised by our Constitution.

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Rebel
1 month ago

Federal Income tax is a scam. I have paid into this system for years only to find out after retiring that all those years that I made a wage not a income as my employer did. With a wage no income tax should be paid. PROVE ME WRONG!

paul
1 month ago

how is it lawful to pass tax and spend bills under 60 votes in the senate? this could be the final nail in americas coffin

James
1 month ago

If, by the grace of God, conservatives take charge of the House and Senate, they must reverse this “Brown Shirt” attempt by the Democrats to enforce their ungodly paganism on our country!

Robert
1 month ago

Maybe they can get all the illegals in construction to start paying taxes! With that many agents they could cuff and stuff some of the builders hiring the illegals.

TOMASD
1 month ago

Hopefully, the next president can give them all a pink slip.

Marie Langley
1 month ago

Conservatives will be targeted for sure. This is criminal!!!!!

papayec
1 month ago

If the IRS can make us all felons, the conservative vote is cancelled.

Liz
1 month ago
Reply to  papayec

Don’t FORGET….If we can get ENOUGH Conservatives in Congress between Midterms and 2024—-Congress can DEFUND all the garbage ..one by one!!

Randy
1 month ago
Reply to  Liz

Agreed

Grace
1 month ago
Reply to  Liz

Just hope we get to the midterms and the privilege to vote. I’m sure the Democrats are plotting a way to cancel voting in that great day.

teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 month ago

biden are you and your motley crew going to pay your fair share or will you be exempt – liar in chief!!

Liz
1 month ago

EXEMPT……..by design!!

BAE
1 month ago

They’re coming for you, if you’re Middle Class, Lower Middle Class and Working Poor. So many people to take more money from; makes the politicians happy. What’s happening??????

Liz
1 month ago
Reply to  BAE

What they will do is suspect that some are taking in cash –not reported and the sleeze bags that the IRS is will give a bill and demand that you prove different. Most will settle because they can’t afford a lawyer.Extorsion…….but they are despirate and need $$$$ to afford the “GREEN” program crap!
The IRS as a corrupt agency will look at your bank acct and spending history somehow!!
Don’t put it past them!!

Frank Maxant
1 month ago
Reply to  Liz

Liz, your 1st paragraph says it exactly right!

jocko
1 month ago

MAYBE THEY’LL BE MET WITH A HAIL OF………….

Rebel
1 month ago
Reply to  jocko

Amen

Adonis
1 month ago

Firs thing Republicans myst do after winning House majority this coming election is to defund and disarm IRS. The radical left doesn’t like any weapons in the hands of our citizens, but loves it in the hands of bloated corrupt oppressive government. This says it all.

jocko
1 month ago
Reply to  Adonis

REPUBS WILL NOT WIN BACK THE HOUSE DUE TO ELECTION FRAUD

Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  jocko

even if they do win, they won’t do anything as they are FECKLESS

Liz
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

That will depend on the VOTER!!!Keep voting for Feckless..that’s what you get.
STOP voting in RINO’S!!

teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 month ago
Reply to  jocko

guess what! repubs are ready for this so……try it!!

Grace
1 month ago

From your mouth to God’s ears.

Liz
1 month ago
Reply to  jocko

Many states are correcting their rules. Check YOUR state Election Board for changes.!!

Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  jocko

Wow! Someone else has intelligence? All these pills, but none talking about the REAL problem ; until election fraud is stopped, the rest of this is academic. Unfortunately, now that Obama has stolen the government, it will not be fixed peacefully.

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  Adonis

If McConnell and McCarthy are leading the Congress after the midterms, you can forget about them defunding anything. That’s NOT who they are. Within the first two weeks, either one of both of them will stroll out and give a short speech to the MSM saying: “The changes the people are demanding will require a Republican in the WH. This Congress will NOT defund any federal department of agency or cause a partial or total government shutdown. Congress is committed to the normal functioning of the federal government. It is up to a new Republican President in the WH to request Congress consider any changes to normal, annual budgetary process.” Then they will take one or two questions and scurry away.

BAE
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

McConnell and McCarthy want the extra money the IRS will provide. GREEDY…

teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 month ago
Reply to  Adonis

also line up all these corrupt a. holes and beat their a s s them!

papayec
1 month ago
Reply to  Adonis

The Democrats just created their SS.

Nobody’s Business
1 month ago

The civil war is coming and the Democrats have forced the issue. There will be a lot of people that won’t put up with the intimidation that’s coming. Read any and all forums and you will come to the same conclusion.

PaulE
1 month ago

Civilians with AR-15s, shotguns and handguns against the U.S. military using helicopter gunships, APCs, tanks, Preditor drones, and a whole lot more won’t end the way you think it will. Just keeping it real. You’re not going to squaring off against some woke snowflake, who spends days living in his parent’s basement playing video games.

Remember one of the first things Biden did after taking control was order a 60 day stand-down of our armed forces to force out anyone not on board with the Democrat agenda? Don’t think they didn’t boot out a lot of loyal service personnel, who swore their alligance to the Constitution in that time frame. Remember every single member of the Joint Chiefs signed a letter swearing alligance to General Milley, that he proudly held up when he made his little speech of fealty to the Democrats over the Constitution? What does that tell you about which side the vast majority of the U.S. military is going to stand?

Nobody’s Business
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

Heard that answer before. You don’t take an AR 15 and shoot at a tank. You take an AR 15 and shoot at the person getting in and out of tank, if that is what they are using to go after citizens of this country.

Liz
1 month ago

In the meantime…VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We MUST overwhelm the ballot box!!! WE NEED RECORD #####’s!! Then log on to the Board of Elections in YOUR state and It will show you your vote.

Del
1 month ago

Can this bill be overturned once the Republicans get the majority in Congress? How much of Biden’s damage can be fixed?

Jeb
1 month ago
Reply to  Del

Good questions. Hope someone can answer.

Grace
1 month ago
Reply to  Del

First you have to be in power to sue, then you have to litigate and win to not fund the bill. Should we be lucky enough to have an election day and win it . If we are lucky enougn this monster could be held up in court for years by dueling lawyers.

Barrett Smith
1 month ago

Soon to come, the New Green Deal Oxygen Tax.

Ed J
1 month ago
Reply to  Barrett Smith

Yeah. And that will be followed by a toilet tax wherein you will pay a fee each time you use the john! It will be called The Green New Deal “Relief” Tax! The Demsheviks will try to sell it to us as a water saving measure that will be eminently beneficial for the environment, especially since we are experiencing widespread drought in many parts of our nation.

Following that will be a national mandate requiring all users of toilet paper to use both sides of the paper in order to “Save Trees!” – another effort that will be eminently beneficial for the environment, or so the Demsheviks will tell us!

Kay
1 month ago

I look for audit on household employees, maids, pool cleaners gardeners, are you giving them a 1099? This is a redistribution of wealth and if you are audited unless you have the money to hire expensive attorneys, CPA’s you will be fined NO MATTER WHAT. Marxist democrats destruction of the American dream.

MariaRose
1 month ago
Reply to  Kay

They are not going to be auditing the rich who hide all their assets including their illegal household workers. It’s going to be all of us average Joes who file simple forms

Grace
1 month ago
Reply to  Kay

You are talking about the rich elites and politicians.. They have their own brand of tax collectors. They will never have to put up with Biden’s Folly..

oren
1 month ago

I wonder if those SOB’s will attempt to tax Veteran’s Disability checks. Won’t surprise me.

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  oren

On the horizon.

edward
1 month ago
Reply to  oren

why not? they tax social security which originally was promised not to happen? they always change the rules in their favor and useful idiots dont see it.

Ashley
1 month ago

Well all who are working need to stop working and sit on their ass like liberals collecting welfare and watch this chit stop. Businesses need to let their workers go and stop doing business so no taxes are paid and watch those who were voted into office have to pay higher taxes since no one is working. Funny how the rich putz’s in government don’t pay taxes yet the peon workers are the ones who do and make them rich by voting them in just to have them screw their voters over. Makes one not want to vote or work to pay taxes doesn’t it

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