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Investigating Discrimination By the IRS Should Be Top Priority for GOP Congress

AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

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If Republicans are successful in retaking either chamber of Congress this fall, investigating potential racial discrimination by the IRS as a result of Biden’s “equity” agenda should be a top priority.

As AMAC Newsline reported last month, the Treasury Department (which oversees the IRS) released its “Equity Action Plan” (EAP) last October in accordance with a Biden Executive Order directing every federal agency to develop and implement an “ambitious whole-of-government equity agenda that matches the scale of the opportunities and challenges that we face.” The Order specifically calls on administration officials to address “entrenched disparities in our laws and public policies” – in other words, to infuse the far-left equity agenda into the everyday functions of the government. This directive is all the more terrifying given that Democrats in Congress just signed off on Biden’s plan to hire 87,000 new IRS agents.

For the IRS, Biden’s equity Executive Order by definition means taking into account an individual’s race, sex, or other immutable physical characteristics when it comes to tax collection practices and procedures. The Treasury Department’s EAP makes a number of references to “taxation equity,” suggesting that the Biden administration views the tax code itself as potentially discriminatory.

Currently, the biggest obstacle to the IRS considering race, ethnicity, and sex when making policy – and the clearest reason to be skeptical of the Biden administration’s narrative of “systemic racism” in tax policy – are laws that prevent the agency from collecting demographic data. But as the Treasury’s EAP outlines, the Office of Tax Policy “has made significant progress in developing statistically useful data for studying the impact of tax policies on racial and ethnic groups using publicly available ZIP-Code level data,” in effect executing an end-run around the clear constraints set by Congress.

In another alarming development this May, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (supposedly an “independent, nonpartisan” entity that collects information about how well executive agencies are doing their job) recommended that Congress “consider revising relevant laws to facilitate secure interagency data sharing,” requesting that the Census Bureau be allowed to share demographic information about taxpayers with the IRS. The GAO explicitly states in its recommendation that such action should be taken in order to “assess the effects of tax laws…by demographics such as households’ race, ethnicity, and sex.” The Treasury Department agrees, saying in its EAP that “the imputed data [on taxpayer race and sex] will also allow [the Office of Tax Policy] to evaluate the equity implications of any tax policy proposal considered by the Administration.”

It’s worth noting that, if certain parts of the tax code or IRS actions are actually discriminatory, the Biden administration – or any interested party for that matter – already has the ability to challenge such statutes and actions in court under federal civil rights law. Instead, Biden’s army of woke bureaucrats is simply asserting that such nebulous “systemic racism” might exist, and then using that assertion as a pretext to justify ending race- and sex-blind enforcement of the tax code. In effect, the Biden IRS is giving life to the very monster they are ostensibly seeking to destroy, intentionally introducing potential biases into the tax system and creating the possibility of racially-motivated actions, all in the name of “equity.”

This prospect should be frightening for every American, and raises a number of difficult questions for both the President and top tax officials. Do they believe that the tax code is racist? Why? What does the Biden IRS plan to do with taxpayer demographic information once they have it? Do Americans have any guarantees that government tax collectors won’t use information on race and sex in determining who gets audited and who is eligible for certain tax benefits? After the IRS not taking demographic information into account in its decision-making for the entirety of its existence, why change now if the goal is not to introduce racial discrimination into tax enforcement?

While it is unlikely that Democrats in Congress will seek answers to any of these important questions, Republicans can and should do so if they win back control this fall. Subpoenaing all “equity”-related communications of top tax officials and conducting oversight of how auditors are determining who to target is a good place to start.

If Congressional investigators discover that the IRS is now engaged in race-based tax enforcement, it will be a scandal that dwarfs the IRS’s discrimination against conservative non-profits a decade ago. Just like Americans expect the justice system to be blind – no special favors for any groups, just equal application of laws and facts – they should expect the same in the application of tax laws.

Nobody likes paying taxes. And there are undoubtedly legitimate concerns about individuals and businesses taking advantage of the tax code to avoid paying their fair share. But until now, taxpayers could at least be confident that the government wasn’t openly enforcing the tax code differently based on someone’s skin color, gender, sexual orientation, or some other arbitrary factor. That no longer appears to be the case – a fact for which top Treasury Department officials and ultimately Biden himself must be made to answer.

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


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Jerry
2 months ago

And who will investigate the IRS, the FBI? Come on, give me a break. That would be like Chuck Scummer investigating Sleepy Joe, the dictator.

Rich
2 months ago

Fighting the I.R.S. will be like hunting a bear. If you’re not careful, IT will be hunting YOU. Anyone that takes on the “establishment” had better fight HARD and address the corruption and take it out or it won’t be pretty when they turn on you, there won’t be any legal defense.

Edward Long
2 months ago

Dismantling the IRS and all of the Alphabet clubs, should be they first priority.

CLIFFORD F GERACI
2 months ago

The Socialist Liberal Left just keep on winning. I think Conservatives are complacent and lazy and just don’t have the capacity to fight the unscrupulous and deceptive Democrats. It’s just plain embarrassing to be on the losing side all the time. They have the Deep State within the Government (FBI, IRS, NAT’L ARCHIVIST etc), Social Media, Corporate News Media, The Educational System, and they are buying the peoples vote. America as we knew her is nevermore.

TOMASD
2 months ago

I will have to unfortunately, agree with you. Between RINO’S and complacent politicians, the US is heading for a huge fall, very quickly. Without a big turnaround the US will be closer to a third world country than a first world country inside 2 new generations. Don’t be surprised if there is another great flight, but this time it will not be to other states within the US, it will be back to the European roots of many people. Not all European countries are so liberal and left. There are some that still hold traditional values and common sense. This may very well happen. People have forgotten that it was around only one century ago ( a little more) that millions of people left their entire families behind in Europe and moved to a strange new world. Many people didn’t speak the language and had no work when they first arrived. They made this country the greatest nation on earth but now they are being told that they are the problem. Well, let’s see how well America does when it is filled with people that only came for the free handout.

Judy Gonzales
2 months ago

An attack on the Church of Jesus Christ will be their ultimate goal. These traitors hate Christians, especially ‘White’ American Christians and will go after them. Most Conservative Christian Americans voted for President Trump, another reason they’ll come after ‘US.’ We need to face the facts that the Communists who have taken over, for a certainty are ruling this country right now!

May God have mercy on us all!

Diane
2 months ago

These are communist tactics that old Joe is using because his boss in China wants us to be ripped to shreds. This is another attack.
Lord Jesus surround the innocent with your hedge of protection.

Barb
2 months ago

The title of this story is a JOKE!! Why mention the IRS only? Start with the President in hiring only a black person with no knowledge to be second in command. She met the “color” requirement, that is all. Then look at the Teachers Union wanting to hire only blacks, or “those of color”, without even mentioning or meeting the qualifications for good teachers. I could go on & on, but this is blatant discriminatory practices. What happened to EEOC/EEO?

Linda Baker
2 months ago
Reply to  Barb

White is also a color.

JCis#1
2 months ago

87,000 new Border agents would have been a far better use of Tax $$ spent. I’m going to be changing my demographics as a ‘trans-gender, gay, Black, Hispanic, blind Asian Buddhist, socialist Democrat”, maybe then I won’t get audited by this weaponized IRS. ????????

Tim Toroian
2 months ago

Hire 10,000 CPAs and do a full audit.

Jannine
2 months ago

Translation for the new EAP: Tax/target only the whiteys.
Also, get as much personal information as you can so that we, the government, have each taxpayer by the neck.

Lauren R MacArthur
2 months ago

Article’s author suggests Congress initiate yet ANOTHER investigation, most of which are never acted upon. INSTEAD, how about suggesting Congress CUT FUNDING to and/or REPEAL these harmful bills they have passed.

Linda Baker
2 months ago

Congressional hearings. Humph. Just more grandstanding and nothing comes of them. Waste of time.

Sharon Ormsby
2 months ago

There’s a lot of Top things they have to investigate…Fauci, DEEP STATE, the entire Jan 6th fiasco with Pelosi being the instigator, the Pentagon backs that one up, 2000 mules showing the election was null and void for Biden, IMPEACHMENT, being the BiGGEST thing, for all three of the top people in government! Getting this country BACK ON TRACK and stopping this IRS, giving out our money to all these student payments…ahem, and getting these illegal aliens back to the first countries they came to after leaving theirs! That’s asylum! Except of course, for the Afghanistans and Ukrainians that helped us and those escaping from war, that’s different.

Sharon Ormsby
2 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Ormsby

Oh, yes, CLOSING the southern border, number !, TOP PRIORITY, except for those with green cards who work here.

Larry
2 months ago

These evil democrats have control now, but my real concern is if, and when the Republicans take control will they fight to preserve our country and repair what the democrats have destroyed? Republicans have a history of being weak-kneed and spineless when fighting hard for their constituents. We have to replace evil with good and strength. So, if you are an establishment Republican you’d better toughen up or get the heck out of the way.

JCis#1
2 months ago
Reply to  Larry

You’re so right,…all weak soft RINO Republicans MUST go, just as much as all DEMS. Strong Ultra MAGA Republicans only, who are willing to fight hard and stand their ground against the evil Democrat empire. Trump/DeSantis 2024, then DeSantis 2028, & 2032 .

Irv C
2 months ago

There’s a lot the GOP could and SHOULD do but I am losing faith. The DemoncRATS Defacate all over Americans American citizens and the GOP itself and they do NOTHING!!
I say this because I’m frustrated with our supposed leaders. It’s all about their wallets and not the Constitution. I’m almost ready to become an ex-Pat . Costa Rica or Belize is looking good. More freedom there than Americans have.

Irv C
2 months ago
Reply to  Irv C

One good surge where electricity is needed and the grid is shut down. IE: No way to run electric cars. Could use gas but only to light them all afire. Lol

Philip Hammersley
2 months ago
Reply to  Irv C

Saw a CA driver who had a gas-powered generator on the back of his EV, charging it on the go!

Barb
2 months ago

lol…lol…I love it! We may all be seeing alot of that going on soon. I’d like to see those EV’s come to Texas and figure out how they will get from point A (Orange) to point B (past El Paso to NM border), across the desert with no charging stations. Or how about from Brownsville to Dalhart, where those back road towns are struggling to get by, with no mention or desire to have charging stations. What a joke EV’s are! My relatives and friends have no desire to have or want one.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Barb

Time to buy a horse and let it “pollute” the atmosphere with it’s gas. Then you can burn the manure for heat and watch the liberals blow a gasket due to the “emissions” from your fireplace. At least you don’t have to worry about charging it. I think the Amish have it right.

Marc
2 months ago

Defunding the 87 thousand new IRS agents and their new fleet of electric cars should be their first duty on day one of the new session.

Sher
2 months ago
Reply to  Marc

Turn the oil back on! Get rid of this GREEN ENERGY crap they have managed to destroy. And do it the right way. Kick every DEMONRAT OUT OF THE WHITEHOUSE. Send The Migrants back to there own country!!! And have them take Blow Hard Joe and Pigolice with them.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Sher

Get the oil and gas flowing once more. We will have an enormous market with Europe getting raped by Putin. We can then throw his crap back in his face.

anna hubert
2 months ago

There is no way to appease the beast,.to slay it is the only way

George W Holzman
2 months ago

Why don’t they send the 87000 agents down to the boarder where they might do some good.

mytake
2 months ago

Absolutely! Put them where they are needed and let them see some reality instead of exploiting law abiding citizens. You know they will pick on low and middle income people making life in this country more miserable than it already is.

Barb
2 months ago
Reply to  mytake

People with no money to defend themselves, will only bankrupt these people. I believe that’s what our government is trying to do.

mytake
2 months ago
Reply to  Barb

I agree!

Hal
2 months ago

The swept under the carpet IRA violation in the Obummer administration should be a red alert that the IRS is NOT performing in a Constitutional manner. The IRS, like several other, Exec offices (e.g., FBI, CIA, etc.) need to have a clean-up from top to bottom. I hope the next Republican President has the guts to do it.

mytake
2 months ago
Reply to  Hal

Well, we know butthead won’t do any cleanup and we certainly need a stand up patriotic man with guts for our next President. This one is not even legal.

Linda Baker
2 months ago
Reply to  Hal

IRS was set up only temporarily and now look at it. Totally out of control. Money’s going to those rats that are supposed to serve us, not line their pockets.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Linda Baker

I’ll bet there won’t be many red blooded patriots that take the brown shirt jack boot jobs that the I.R.S. is offering. We already know some people will do anything for money.

Sgt. Mike
2 months ago

The very first thing that a GOP controlled House should do is REMOVE any and all of the 87,000 new IRS agents and subpoena and investigate Lois Lerner who is a totally corrupt political hack.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Sgt. Mike

Lois Lerner was allowed to retire will full benefits years ago. She is now enjoying her taxpayer funded retirement free from any concerns about ever being prosecuted.

Barb
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Yes, another Obama flunkie. Just like McCabe, Comey, Orr & wife, Strzok, Page, Brennan, etc., etc., etc. PaulE, I like your reply, but had to give it a minus at the same time because of the crookedness of the mess. It’s enough to make a person’s blood boil.

Philip Hammersley
2 months ago

WHEN the GOP takes the house and hopefully the Senate, there are enough things to investigate it will be like shooting a flock of ducks with their feet stuck to ice! Hopefully McCarthy won’t wimp out. We have stalwarts like Jordan, Gohmert, Biggs, and others who aren’t afraid of ruffling feathers!
But first, concentrate upon getting Republicans elected. Even if you have to hold your nose on some RINO, we NEED a majority to get anything done! We should also eject Schitt and Swalwell from ALL committees because they are perjurers and leakers!

Larry
2 months ago

Republican representatives and senators have a history of talking big and doing little or nothing. We the people must hold their collective feet to the fire or get them the heck out of the way.

Philip Hammersley
2 months ago
Reply to  Larry

EXACTLY! As Ronald Reagan said, “Trust but VERIFY!”

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