One provision of the “Inflation Reduction Act” allows for the hiring of almost 87,000 new IRS agents. In a piece published by The Federalist, journalist David Harsanyi explained why that should leave Americans terrified.
Low-income earners are far more likely to be audited
In his article, the author acknowledged claims made by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and other Democrats that the new personnel will focus on high-level tax fraud instead of targeting the poor and middle class.
Harsanyi was quick to dismiss that claim, however, noting, “Nothing in the bill that Democrats passed through the Senate limits audits.”
“Murphy, along with every other Democrat in the Senate, voted against a Republican amendment that would have prevented new agents from auditing individuals and small businesses with less than $400,000 of taxable income,” Harsanyi continued.
He pointed out that “poor and middle-class Americans are far more likely to do their own taxes, and thus more prone to making mistakes.”
“In 2021, those making $25,000 or less (often the young and elderly) were audited at a rate five times higher than everyone else,” Harsanyi wrote.
He argued this disparity is due to the fact that wealthier people are able to “hire lawyers and accountants to work within the system.”
IRS officials have been caught targeting conservatives in the past
What’s more, Harsanyi reminded his readers that “doesn’t simply collect taxes, it enforces speech codes,” recalling how during the Obama administration, former IRS official Lois Lerner discriminated against conservative groups when determining their eligibility for tax-free status.
Politico reported that in a 2012 email, Lerner disparaged “the whacko wing of the GOP” as being made up of “a–holes” and “crazies.”
“So we don’t need to worry about alien terrorists,” the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division asserted, adding, “It’s our own crazies that will take us down.”
“Wrestling with an insanely complex tax code — nearly 8 million words — costs Americans billions every year,” Harsanyi lamented.
“Rather than flattening and simplifying this astonishingly convoluted code, which not only would have saved citizens but the government money, Democrats decided we needed up to another 87,000 people to enforce it,” he concluded.