GOP Is Totally Misrepresenting The 87K New IRS Agents Or Something

The plan totally doesn’t exist, you know!

See? From the link

“Do you make $75,000 or less?” tweeted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “Democrats’ new army of 87,000 IRS agents will be coming for you—with 710,000 new audits for Americans who earn less than $75k.” Richard Grenell, Trump’s former Acting Director of National Intelligence, wrote on the social media platform: “The FBI raids Trump’s house and the Democrats vote to add 87,000 new IRS agents to go after Americans. Wake up, America.”

Other high-profile conservatives have insinuated that the Biden administration intends to direct those additional auditors to dig up dirt on the President’s political opponents. “After todays raid on Mar A Lago what do you think the left plans to use those 87,000 new IRS agents for?” tweeted Sen. Marco Rubio.

There’s only one problem. It’s not true.

The Inflation Reduction Act, a landmark climate, health care and tax package that passed the Senate on Sunday and is expected to head to Biden’s desk after the House approves it on Friday, includes roughly $78 billion for the IRS to be phased in over 10 years. A Treasury Department report from May 2021 estimated that such an investment would enable the agency to hire roughly 87,000 employees by 2031. But most of those hires would not be Internal Revenue agents, and wouldn’t be new positions.

OK, so, it is actually true that the IRS is looking to hire 87,000 employees with a doubling of their budget, which is what they got. Not all would be actual agents, they’d be IT, support staff

According to a Treasury Department official, the funds would cover a wide range of positions including IT technicians and taxpayer services support staff, as well as experienced auditors who would be largely tasked with cracking down on corporate and high-income tax evaders.

All of whom would enable the people who do the audits to go after lots and lots of people. Only a die hard leftist thinks all those extra employees think that it will only be big corporations and high tax evaders. Right up till the IRS audits them. Which won’t necessarily in person. It can be as simple as the IRS checking their tax returns with a fine tooth comb. This is simply nit-picking the talking point

(Breitbart) Ro Khanna (D-Ca) answered, “I tell them, like everyone, pay your taxes. I mean, this is not designed for clever schemes, this is going after people who just aren’t honestly paying their taxes. And there is almost a trillion dollars of revenue because of that. That’s not me, that’s Larry Summers. He did this groundbreaking paper that a lot of…revenue we’re not collecting because people aren’t being honest about it. Most people, our teachers or firefighters, you have to on the W-2, you’re honest about your taxes, and if people are honest about their taxes, this won’t be an issue.”

No, nothing to worry about.

AP FACT CHECK: GOP skews budget bill’s impact on IRS, taxes

Republican politicians and candidates are distorting how a major economic bill passed over the weekend by the Senate would reform the IRS and affect taxes for the middle class.

The “ Inflation Reduction Act,” which awaits a House vote after passing in the Senate on Sunday, would increase the ranks of the IRS, but it would not create a mob of armed auditors looking to harass middle-class taxpayers, as some Republicans are claiming.

While experts say corporate tax increases could indirectly burden people in the middle class, claims that they will face higher taxes are not supported by what is in the legislation.

The AP tries the same thing as the Time piece. Perhaps they should fact check the name of the bill itself, which does really nothing to reduce inflation, rather than typical political yammering.

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4 Responses to “GOP Is Totally Misrepresenting The 87K New IRS Agents Or Something”

  1. drowningpuppies says:

    Funny. Democrat Ro Khanna talking about honesty.
    Followed by a deliberately misleading AP FACTCHECK.
    Too much fun this early.
    Apparently Uber drivers and waitresses are not paying their fair share.

    Bwaha! Lolgf

  2. drowningpuppies says:

    Fascism. Thanks democrats.
    A “key requirement” for applicants is that they have to be “legally allowed to carry a firearm,” and “major duties” include “Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary” and “Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments,” according to the job posting.
    Bwaha! Lolgf

  3. UnkleC says:

    Even if a significant portion of this huge expansion is ‘clerical and accounting’, don’t think for a second that billionaires and corporations are the targets. They already have lawyers and accountants to handle their perpetual audits. The government is after the ordinary citizen taxpayer, think Bitcoin mining. A couple of hundred here, a couple of thousand there and soon you’re talking about money. The fun part is that when you, the victim, try to get an explanation and you get perpetual hold times and directions to a useless web site. I’ve been there.
    If you actually voted for the Dolt from Delaware, it’s all on you. An election is coming, go vote and don’t vote democrat.

  4. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    GOPhers misrepresenting Democratic legislation? Who’d a thunk it?

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