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‘Build Back Better’ Bill Would Fund 86,000 Additional IRS Agents To Sic On American Taxpayers


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Does anyone believe that doubling the size of the IRS means new employees will only focus on ‘the rich’ and avoid targeting middle class Americans?

 

If you think that Democrats’ tax-and-spending bill wouldn’t expand government, have I got news for you. Believe it or not, the Build Back Better legislation would more than double the size of the IRS.

That’s one of the hidden details in the agreement that Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., cut with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., behind closed doors. And of course, Democrats want to ram it through Congress within a matter of days. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., once said about another big-government scheme, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

 

Massive Increase in IRS Personnel

The draft bill contains an $80 billion “investment” in the Internal Revenue Service. Of that amount, more than half, or over $45.6 billion, will go towards enforcement activities.

Even as it doles out such vast sums for the IRS, the bill contains only a few short pages of text explaining the provisions. In other words, the IRS will have a relatively wide berth to spend the new funding as it likes.

But last May, the Treasury Department released its “tax compliance agenda,” showing where it would like to spend that money. And on page 17 of that document, it helpfully included a chart demonstrating the IRS agents it would hire with that additional cash. All told, the Biden Administration wants to hire 86,852 agents, expressed in this chart as “FTEs,” or full-time equivalent employees::snip:

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Here Come The IRS Shock Troops

The Democrats’ “Inflation Reduction Act,” approved Sunday by the Senate, is primarily known as a climate and health care bill. It also includes $80 billion for the IRS, more than six times its current annual budget, increasing the agency’s enforcement funding by 69% through fiscal 2031, and adding as many as 87,000 new employees to its overall workforce.

This is not what the country needs

Our friends at the Committee to Unleash Prosperity pointed out last week that the Democrats are prioritizing IRS enforcement and bureaucracy over securing the leaky border and addressing the shortage of military recruits.

So while the Democrats will spend “$80 billion to double the number of IRS agents and auditors, the Army is falling far short of its recruitment goals for our national security. Meanwhile, the Border Patrol is running short of agents in Arizona and Texas.” In fact, after a generous injection of other people’s money, the IRS will “employ more bureaucrats than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and Border Patrol combined.”

 

We are also reminded by the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard that, “according to a new congressional analysis, the pay for those 300 could be as high as the $235,100 given to Vice President Kamala Harris.”

Why are the Democrats re-arming an IRS that, mercifully, “went down early … went down hard,” and hasn’t “come back” from the pandemic? Is the federal government hurting for money? Not at all.:snip:

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Piracy Preying On Civilized Society, Not Taxes That Enable It  

Democrats are in the process of trying to shovel $80 billion more dollars to the IRS, doubling the number of its “enforcers.” They claim it will squeeze an even greater “fair share” from “the rich” than the highly disproportionate share they now pay and promise that it will benefit all Americans with a lower deficit (something than seemingly never occurred to them when they were burning hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud) and lower inflation.

Beyond the highly implausible amount in new government revenue being claimed and even more implausible claim it will lower inflation, there are plenty of reasons suspect the gambit.

Rather than hitting billionaires, necessary for the “it won’t cost you a cent” story line being sold, Congress has already reported that “78% to 90% of the money raised from under-reported income would likely come from those making less than $200,000 per year.”

Little is earmarked to improve the performance of what Steven Greenhut calls “the nation’s heavy handed, incompetent and scandal-plagued tax-collection agency.” For instance, I submitted my 2021 taxes in February and still have not been able to confirm that it has been received by the IRS, much less processed, but with essentially no money for better technology to ease filing issues, reduce delays and errors, or even to get more than a small fraction of calls answered or improve the accuracy of their answers if you can actually reach a person, this big IRS “reform” looks a lot like Ambrose Bierce’s definition::snip:

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1 hour ago, Geee said:

Piracy Preying On Civilized Society, Not Taxes That Enable It  

Democrats are in the process of trying to shovel $80 billion more dollars to the IRS, doubling the number of its “enforcers.” They claim it will squeeze an even greater “fair share” from “the rich” than the highly disproportionate share they now pay and promise that it will benefit all Americans with a lower deficit (something than seemingly never occurred to them when they were burning hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud) and lower inflation.

 

Something I recall hearing on NPR in the late 70's. They were talking to a (wealthy) guy about a new Tax Bil, that would Reduce The Deficit. (I paraphrase from memory) "I don't care what is in the bill. I have accountants and tax lawyers to make sure I don't pay a penny more than I have to."   

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53 minutes ago, Valin said:

 

Something I recall hearing on NPR in the late 70's. They were talking to a (wealthy) guy about a new Tax Bil, that would Reduce The Deficit. (I paraphrase from memory) "I don't care what is in the bill. I have accountants and tax lawyers to make sure I don't pay a penny more than I have to."   

Well this may sound 'tinfoil', but with everything else happening, is it? Are all of these new employees accountant types? The IRS has stockpiled millions of rounds of ammunition. Why?

 

"The draft bill contains an $80 billion “investment” in the Internal Revenue Service. Of that amount, more than half, or over $45.6 billion, will go towards enforcement activities."

For their enforcement agency?

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How Democrats’ IRS Expansion Would Empower Ruling Elites to Target Americans

“He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”

Those were the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, referring to the depredation of King George III. The sentence was part of a long list of grievances that bolstered the argument that England’s king and Parliament were becoming tyrannical.

Two and a half centuries later, Democrat Party elected officials are in lockstep about creating swarms of officers to eat out our substance. 

The Senate on Sunday passed the Inflation Reduction Act, on a 50-51 vote along party lines, legislation that has little to do with reducing inflation and much more to do with funding progressive spending priorities and—more ominously—doubling the size of the Internal Revenue Service.

 

The IRS currently has 93,654 employees; the Senate-passed legislation would add 87,000 new hires. The bill also is set to add about $80 billion to the IRS by 2031. 

Interesting that the Biden administration is focused on doing this when the nation’s southern border is a sieve and military recruitment is catastrophically low.:snip:

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IRS seeks armed accountants ready for ‘deadly force’

Even before Congress and President Joe Biden give the final OK for the IRS to hire 87,000 more agents in an $80 billion package, the tax agency is revealing a priority job category that could get first dibs on the huge budget expansion.

On its jobs page is a listing of vacancies for special agents to be placed around the country to root out financial fraud.

But these are opening for more than just financial experts: They will also be armed.

Among the job requirements listed: “Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”

Special agents, who can be placed around the nation and world, have an interesting job, according to the IRS description. They are financial analysts and armed officers ready for a shootout.:snip:

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