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Democrats Impose Higher Taxes, Accounting Fears on Everyday Americans

AMAC Exclusive – Shane Harris

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When Democrats swept both chambers of Congress and the White House in 2020, they vowed to “make the rich pay their fair share.” As they embarked on trillions of dollars in spending and drastically expanded the scope and power of the federal government, they insisted that only “billionaires” and “wealthy corporations” would be shouldered with an added burden. That narrative – which was always a fantasy – has now completely collapsed, as Democrats are weaponizing the IRS and putting the finances of every single American under a microscope to squeeze every last dollar out of middle- and working-class Americans and small businesses.

The charade of “targeting the rich” with tax increases was completely dropped last week as the IRS posted an explainer warning Americans that any payments of $600 or more per year received through apps like Venmo, CashApp, and PayPal must be reported through form 1099-K so that they can be taxed as income. It is important to note that, before this year, the threshold for filing a Form 1099-K report on payment apps was at least 200 transactions totaling an aggregate of at least $20,000. This rule reflected the sensible view that a lower threshold would impose a very costly administrative burden both on the IRS to enforce, and on taxpayers to comply. Many Americans receive payments on payment apps for non-business reasons and they should not have to worry about tracking and justifying every convenient use of an online platform that doesn’t have anything to do with income.

Nonetheless, Democrats lowered the threshold to $600 as part of their 2021 “American Rescue Plan” – a $1.9 trillion bill that was supposedly all about “fighting COVID-19.” While Democrats touted the relatively small amount of money in the bill for COVID mitigation, they also quietly amended certain portions of the Internal Revenue Code to give the federal government unprecedented access to the financial lives of everyday Americans.

The IRS further warned last week that failure to report $600 payments could trigger an audit – which the agency will be more than equipped to handle thanks to 87,000 new IRS agents on the way courtesy of Democrats’ so-called “Inflation Reduction Act.”

Given that billionaires aren’t known for conducting business on Venmo in increments of $600, it’s difficult to see the policy shift as anything other than a strategy to capture every last cent of taxable income from the middle and working classes, even if it means that the resulting cost of IRS enforcement and lowered economic activity could vastly outweigh the amount of money in taxes collected for the Treasury.

Democrat apologists have responded to criticism of the new policy by pointing out that income received through payment apps is indeed taxable, and was so even before the recent change. Thus, they say, Democrats are only targeting “tax cheats,” and Biden has kept his promise of not imposing any “new” taxes on Americans making less than $400,000.

To some extent, this is true. There are indeed likely some Americans who don’t report small amounts of income earned from part-time jobs or side gigs. But that still doesn’t explain away the fact that Democrats sold their policies as going after billionaires and big business and are now turning around and targeting anyone but those individuals. While the IRS will now target small transactions, what are the new “enforcement strategies” to target the wealthy?

Once again, it seems, the rich will enjoy loopholes and back doors while the rest of us will have to fork over more of our hard-earned money both in taxes and to pay for tax advice. To the extent that corporations are forced to pay more taxes, much of those added costs will be passed onto consumers, just as the burden from the inflation caused by these same policies has been. In effect, then, the middle and working classes are bearing the entire cost of Democrats’ spending.

On a more basic level, the new policy is also simply an enormous headache for millions of Americans who just want to use payment apps as a convenient way to transfer money for non-business reasons. The Washington Post, which has spent the better part of two years cheerleading Biden and congressional Democrats for “going after the rich,” is now advising its readers on “what to do if a payment app reports your cash gifts to the IRS,” specifically cautioning that people should “be prepared to prove money you received via PayPal or any other payment app — to split a dinner check or as a cash gift for your wedding — was not business income.”

The fact that such a scenario is something ordinary Americans now have to worry about is as clear a sign as any about what Democrats have planned for those 87,000 new IRS agents. As with every liberal scheme to build a socialist utopia, the nice-sounding headlines have given way to the reality that bigger government and more taxes always, always fail to deliver what is promised and leave ordinary people worse off than they were before.

Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @Shane_Harris_.


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Jim
2 months ago

The Democrats hands out “welfare” to buy votes!!! yet people on Social Security only get $17,00.00! Rent now days is $1,000.00, then you have the power bill, heating bill, and water bill! People wonder why there is so many STREET PEOPLE????? 

Russ
2 months ago

Go all the way back before the 16th amendment was created in 1913. Regular folks were told it would only be used to tax the very top approx 2%, but look what it has turned into. Envy is a tool that has always been used to get Regular folks to support policies that will come back to punish themselves. If only people would learn !!

Michael J
2 months ago

Dems taxing the rich? Yeah sure they are. Politicians must think we’re suckers, the one thing they aren’t lying about.

David Millikan
2 months ago

You have no one to blame but yourself for letting this happen.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

Absolutely correct!

johnh
2 months ago

The $600 year will impact how many Mom & Pop sources on Ebay. Shame on IRS for stooping to such a low amount & put so much tax gathering information on the backs of lower income people. For example: I make knit hats & sell for $4 and it costs me $2.30 to make so I need backup for every little thing that I buy to produce this product. The IRS is totally out of hand on this one.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  johnh

Don’t BLAME the IRS completely, the DONKEY (A$$) party are the ones that have LIED to the nation and passed the laws that have crippled this nation.

johnh
2 months ago

First time that I have heard about the $600 per year received in Paypal must be reported 1099-K to IRS. That will impact one heck of a lot of people on Ebay: for example selling baseball cards at $1-5 would make this person at $600 level & that does not have anything to do with profit or loss. Does this go into effect on 2022 taxes & this is going to be major news to anyone that buys & sells on Ebay. By the way, it was only a couple years ago that Ebay started including state sales taxes on items.

Patriate Henry
2 months ago

Well, WE THE People should WE just cry ????. I know let’s vote. Really though, what shall we do,,,, with OUR country ????????.

Terry
2 months ago

Was just reading…. Nov. Jobs reports…200, 000 new jobs… are the 87,000 IRS dopes in that figure… they are not income producing…. and should not count…right?

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Terry

That figure does NOT include 87,000 new IRS agents. They are scheduled to be hired in 2023. They are included in the $5 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill the current Congress is trying to ram through in the lame duck session. Most of the new jobs were however in the government sector. While the private economy is slowing from the higher interest rates and higher inflation, the government of course remains immune to any negative consequences of bad government policies.

Rik
2 months ago

Come on People, that’s EXACTLY what DEMOCRATS ALWAYS DO, they LIE, LIE, and LIE SOMEMORE! . . . WHAT’S CHANGED???

PaulE
2 months ago

Of course the average person is going to be paying more in taxes and fees going forward. The regulatory burden, which is a form of stealth taxation, will also be steadily increasing as a result of the need of government ot fund itself. Socialism, by its very nature, is an incredibly expensive form of government to run.

Don’t just be fixated on just the 87,000 additional IRS agents, as that is but one part of a much larger effort to transfer as much of the private sector’s accummulated wealth into the hands of the government. The socialist redistrubution model necessitates the need to bleed as much money from its citizenry as possible to fund the various social and economic justice programs that are a hallmark of the ideology.

How do you think all those formerly rich and successful capitalistic countries, like Argentina, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, etc., ended up becoming broke and starving socialistic paradises? Look at the state of most western European countries today. They all voted into power socialistic governments that have done nothing but make their populations poorer and less stable over time. People voted socialism into power in most cases over the last century. They made incredibly stupid decisions and learned far too late that it is very easy to vote socialism in, but extremely difficult to simply vote it out. The American people made their choices and now they have live with the consequences of their actions or inactions. Again, don’t just fixate on the 87,000 additional IRS agents, as that is just one of many changes scheduled to take place in the next 12 to 24 months. The only real question is the pace of our decline as the government extracts more and more capital from the economy to fund its priorities.

Cathleen
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Like the 3000 farms the government has confiscated? WHY? Obviously the dems are loving the NEW WORLD ORDER and putting Gates, Soros and Schwab in as our leaders. My heart is sinking.

anna hubert
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

It was always a peasant that paid for king’s escapades and wars

James P.
2 months ago

Despicable.

Stephen Russell
2 months ago

Just tax & spend the Dem way

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