AMAC Exclusive – By Tom Campbell
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.
We hope you've enjoyed this article. While you're here, we have a small favor to ask...
Support AMAC Action. Our 501 (C)(4) advances initiatives on Capitol Hill, in the state legislatures, and at the local level to protect American values, free speech, the exercise of religion, equality of opportunity, sanctity of life, and the rule of law.Donate Now
“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.”
In 4 weeks – House Republicans must “DEFUND” all 87 billion. Without 87 billion, the IRS is back to square one. Without doing defunding this 87 million – aside from race, origin, and income level, small businesses will be put out business as many were individual states during the pandemic scheme. I’m not certain any American could or would support such criminal and moral failure to go after small businesses from the left. If you don’t remember clearly, let me remind you of the many “political opponents” to the Biden Administration and who has been raided for being just that.
Maybe it’s time to go back to standard voting protocol like the state of Tennessee. One vote, one , legal persons only, identification, one pen, in person, no ballot harvesting anywhere in America, and get back to “voting in”- The leaders that represent “OUR – “AMERICANS” – “We THE PEOPLE’s” best interests! get back to voting in the leaders that will help America and not hurt America. Then hold the government law breakers, extortionists, government individuals, who have financially gained from their “abuse of power” to held accountable in the court of Law.
#louisvilleslugger, #marjorietaylorgreene, #maralago #stevebannon #bannon #merrickgarland #chriswray #trump #hunterbiden #BHR #extortion #corruption #biden #obstruction #impeachment #borders #immigration #financialgain #politicalcorruption #fbi #january6 #pelosi #shumer #elites #china #ukaine
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!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
Hopefully, the next president can give them all a pink slip.
Conservatives will be targeted for sure. This is criminal!!!!!
If the IRS can make us all felons, the conservative vote is cancelled.
Don’t FORGET….If we can get ENOUGH Conservatives in Congress between Midterms and 2024—-Congress can DEFUND all the garbage ..one by one!!
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.
“I’m sure the Democrats are plotting a way to cancel voting in that great day.” -No.
“Just hope we get to the midterms and the privilege to vote” Do you even Jan 6th, mate? The whole deal of that was “plotting a way to cancel vote”
biden are you and your motley crew going to pay your fair share or will you be exempt – liar in chief!!
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??????
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!!
Liz, your 1st paragraph says it exactly right!
MAYBE THEY’LL BE MET WITH A HAIL OF………….
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.
REPUBS WILL NOT WIN BACK THE HOUSE DUE TO ELECTION FRAUD
even if they do win, they won’t do anything as they are FECKLESS
That will depend on the VOTER!!!Keep voting for Feckless..that’s what you get.
STOP voting in RINO’S!!
guess what! repubs are ready for this so……try it!!
From your mouth to God’s ears.
Many states are correcting their rules. Check YOUR state Election Board for changes.!!
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.
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.
McConnell and McCarthy want the extra money the IRS will provide. GREEDY…
also line up all these corrupt a. holes and beat their a s s them!
The Democrats just created their SS.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Can this bill be overturned once the Republicans get the majority in Congress? How much of Biden’s damage can be fixed?
Good questions. Hope someone can answer.
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.
Soon to come, the New Green Deal Oxygen Tax.
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!
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.
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
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..
I wonder if those SOB’s will attempt to tax Veteran’s Disability checks. Won’t surprise me.
On the horizon.
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.