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Dems Seek to Supersize IRS

Posted on Friday, July 9, 2021
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It seems that Democrats and Republicans in Washington have finally found something they can agree on. Sadly, what they’ve agreed on is that the Internal Revenue Service is not intrusive enough in the lives of average Americans.

Last week, the House approved a $713 billion infrastructure plan that Democrats hope will be the first of several additional giant spending bills this year. Days before, the Senate reached a bipartisan deal on their own $1 trillion infrastructure bill. While the bill will focus primarily on funding infrastructure projects across the country, one allocation was a shock to many: Democrats and Republicans agreed to allocate an eye-popping $40 billion to the Internal Revenue Service. Seemingly, they have the explicit intent of turning the agency into even more of a nightmare for hardworking Americans.

A beefed-up IRS has been a key funding priority of the Biden Administration from day one. In theory, the expanded agency will be better equipped and staffed. This will enable it to more effectively collect taxes that, in the past, the agency has lacked the resources to pursue. By simply enforcing
the existing tax code more effectively, legislators hope to raise $100 billion in new tax revenue.

Last Month, Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Mazur testified before Congress that, in 2019, the federal government collected $580 billion less than what they should have under the current code. This “tax gap,” he predicts, will balloon to over $7 trillion over the next decade. He ascribed this shortfall to the IRS’s limited budget which supposedly inhibits its ability to effectively target Americans. Over the last decade, the IRS budget has decreased by 20%. Whether or not greater government efficiency could make up for the budget shortfall was not discussed by Mazur.

In practice, this means a much more brutal tax season for millions of Americans. For small businesses, high earners, and young entrepreneurs, a standard audit is a scary and expensive proposition. Under the Democrats’ new funding plan (which some Republicans apparently agreed to) audits would rise dramatically, and tax collectors would be emboldened to aggressively target individuals they deem to be “ducking the code.” This could have the undesired effect of forcing high-earners and corporations to relocate overseas. Additionally, a major reason for the decline in IRS funding has to do with the agency’s recent history of whom they targeted for screening.

In 2013, it was revealed that the IRS, under the direction of then-Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division Lois Lerner, aggressively targeted and harassed conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. Though some Democrat groups were also scrutinized, they were held to a much lower standard. When called before Congress, Lerner pleaded the Fifth and refused to resign from her position. In 2017, the IRS formally apologized to these conservative organizations and reached a settlement.

More recently, ProPublica, an activist-journalist website was able to secure “a vast trove of Internal Revenue Service data on the tax returns of thousands of the nation’s wealthiest people, covering more than 15 years.” Since then, they have slowly trickled out stories alleging tax fraud on the part of wealthy Americans. Most of these accusations have been questioned, if not outright refuted. The IRS has apparently not made any meaningful progress in identifying how the leak occurred or in prosecuting the leaker.

While it goes without saying that every American should pay what taxes they owe, the prospect of a “beefed-up” IRS has concerned many. The agency’s history of leaking information and political targeting already makes many Americans wary of the motives behind this plus-up. Additionally, the idea of vastly more audits is not one that is bound to be popular. An audit can be a ruinous expense for those who don’t consider themselves “tax wizards” or who lack the money to retain one.

The American people are not a cistern to be pumped by the federal government when it feels like spending more than it has. Nowhere in any of Democrats’ proposals is there a substantive measure to cut waste, fraud, or overspending in government. Without any such assurance that government will act responsibly or effectively in the name of the taxpayer, why should the taxpayer feel inclined to give more of their hard–earned dollars? When it comes to the money Americans earn, the onus is on the federal government to prove why it needs to take, not on the individual to prove why he or she needs to keep. Under this new IRS, that presumption may just be reversed.

 

 

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James
James
2 years ago

If the IRS is not doing there job now because there are to many people that are so call rich that is not paying there taxes why help the IRS do the same with more money. All the Democrats in Chicago (Obama friends) have not paid any taxes for a long time please start there.

Lee S McQuillen
Lee S McQuillen
2 years ago

The American gestapo is coming apparently.

Jack Thomas
Jack Thomas
2 years ago

Taxation imposed by government, by its very nature, is simply legalized larceny. To expand the resources and capabilities of the IRS is a prescription for making this problem worse. To quote famous American intellect Thomas Sowell, “I have never understood why it is greed to want to keep the money you have earned, but not greed to want to take someone else’s money.” Or, perhaps even more accurately, is an observation made by French philosopher Frederic Bastiat: “But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.”

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Linda
Linda
2 years ago

Shouldn’t the people have some say in this? We need to fire the whole blamed congress and revoke all their retirements and benefits. We”voted” ( and I say this loosely), them in and we can “FIRE” them.

JOHN
JOHN
2 years ago

Democrats have proven that can and will weaponize the IRS ia proven by their use against the Tea Party. Now they will get bigger and go after the assets of We The People but what WILL the do when they RUN OUT of MONEY?
I know…. confiscation of private property for The State? Karl Marx spells that out all too clearly.
Internment Camps? Forced Labor for The State? NSDAP…..

Mimi
Mimi
2 years ago

Simple solution to the IRS. FLAT TAX 10%. Automatically deducted from every paycheck. No deductions, no need to “file” tax forms, hence no need for IRS !! Problem solved.

Tim Thompson
Tim Thompson
2 years ago

The IRS should be abolished and a more humane process be established not the heavy tyrannical hand that has been given to a Federal Government who is out of control and needs to be reinvented. In 1913 it was established on a solely voluntary basis and through a corrupt political system which protects government over the American people who should be the bosses, congress and senate have become royal rulers who dictate success or failure by their personal association protecting themselves and making themselves above the laws they establish. We need to wake up and smell the rosses because if we don’t America is going to fail.

Garye
Garye
2 years ago

Reduce the wasteland of Washington DC, let the freeloaders get real jobs in the private sector.
50% of them can go away through efficencies and actually working like normal Citizens do.
Amazing thay EVERY business has had to reduce size and increase productivity to survive but government continues to expand and becomes less efficient????

Thr US postal service loses billions while UPS and FEDEX make billions.
Face it BIGGER goverment is NOT better!

Vic. Matt.
Vic. Matt.
2 years ago

I do not understand why Republican Lawmakers will let this bill passed, knowing what the IRS did in the past to conservatives Christian businesses and organizations. Now Dems will hire more people to terrorize hardworking law abiding citizens for their political gains. For example, the last stimulus check of $1,400 did not go to everyone qualified – if you are a Trump supporter. Dems are no longer a party, but an evil regime! They hate America for what she stands for.

Rich
Rich
2 years ago

Why not beef up the IRS, the agency is owned by the liberal politicians and will mean more power. Should anyone really be surprised? Biden and his group have no problem going to the “big black hole” and retrieving more imaginary money, then turn the IRS loose on the tax payers to get much of it back.

John fallon
John fallon
2 years ago

580 Billion dollar less collected in 2019 than expected, mazur should get his head out of his donkeybutt and look at all the industry that have left the country to AVOID PAYING 580 BILLION DOLLARS IN TAXES!!!!

Jim
Jim
2 years ago

If they would just close all the loop wholes companies like GE would actually pay more than zero taxes. That’s why raiseing the tax on the wealthy will do NOTHING. They will just flee to their tax loop wholes wnd still pay no tax. This is they hope to look like they are doing something, when in reality they just grow richer.

Jim
Jim
2 years ago

So does that mean that a certain ‘pastor’ will be made to,pay his millions in back taxes. Of course not. So how can they say they are serious when they knowingly let this man slip,through the cracks..

Phillip
Phillip
2 years ago

Back in the day of Obama when there was talk of civil war, Michael Medved asked on his radio show, somewhat sarcastically, what that would look like. At that time I thought, “target the IRS.” Now, several years later I think my assessment was correct. If they can’t take your money they can’t enslave you.

Ashlee
Ashlee
2 years ago

Funny how McDonalds did away with the “Supersize” while Democrats look for ways to “Supersize” government agencies that are in their pocket. Next up the USPS will be getting more funds to piss away as a thank you for dumping and trashing all the Trump votes dropped off at their facilities. So what evil deed does the IRS do for Democrats to warrant “Supersizing” them now? Inquiring minds want to know!

John fallon
John fallon
2 years ago

What is this “waiting for approval? “, I am an AMERICAN! I do not NEED anyones approval to speak!
If you do not like it, I suggest you move to another country.

John fallon
John fallon
2 years ago

“WE THE PEOPLE” WANT SMALLER GOVERNMENT!!! we can start by asking, how much of taxpayers money is spent in supporting the current i.r.s.? Tens of billions? Hundreds? How many OVERPAID EMPLOYEES ARE THERE? How much is spent on just paper every year?
Think of ways that money can be better spent, think about how many times this agency was used ILLEGALLY TO ATTACK AMERICANS BECAUSE OF THIER POLITICS OR RELIGION IN CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION.
We need a flat tax, 10% of your REAL INCOME, not just a SMALL % THAT IS NOT IN SOME KIND OF TAX SHELTER, the super rich and corporations only pay tax on about 10% of thier true income.
Forty % tax on 10% of your income is actually FOUR % TAX ON 100% of your income.
Long past time to make these tycoons PAY UP!!!!

Sue
Sue
2 years ago

This is what happens when you have an irresponsible, runaway government that has no desire to live within its budget (if it even has a budget) and conveniently “forgets” that they (our representatives) are in their positions to serve us, not the other way around. They have drifted from being our public servants to being our tyrants. They now view us as their bank, and they expect us to pony up every time they cook up yet another pet spending project. They have lost their respect for us and believe that they should not be expected to live and work responsibly (the rules apply to us, but not to them). Our representatives have become arrogant, self-serving, pompous brats. They are the primary reason why Trump and his MAGA movement caught on fire with the majority of American citizens. Instead of trying to get Trump out of their way and faulting us for following him, some inner self-inspection is in order.

C M
C M
2 years ago

Here is what should happen every payday for every American. They should be required to write a check to the US Government for their taxes. (Just like when they write a mortgage check.) The problem is that you never “see” they money that is being taken out.

I remember my first job at McDonalds ($2.90/hour). I was stunned to see how much the net pay was compared to gross. But 42 years later you don’t “feel” it like you do when you were 16 and had sticker shock after that first paycheck. That’s why we should not have automatic deduction from the paycheck. It should be “write a check and feel the pain of how much you have to pay in taxes.” In fact — write four checks: Federal Income Taxes, State Income Taxes, Social Security and Medicare.

‘Nonymous
‘Nonymous
2 years ago

Is this super sized IRS ( that coincidentally has been amassing guns and ammo for some time) going to morph into the new SS or Gestapo?

Don Graves
Don Graves
2 years ago

… or simplify the tax code, so IRS doesn’t need all those auditors. But no-o-o.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
2 years ago

Institutional theft. Nuff said.

John Flanagan
John Flanagan
2 years ago

And this is the reason they’re going to go to a cashless Society. So they can track every single transaction through the banks and the i r s. This is already in the plans for the great reset and a worldwide communist Society.

Donald
Donald
2 years ago

They are purposely destroying the American economy…. So they can tell everyone that the only way to fix it is to have a one world economy and one world government…. Also…. Even though the covid vaccine is not the mark of the beast. It is a way of conditioning people to take into our body what ever the government says

exposed
exposed
2 years ago

Democrats more censoring of Christians and stealing their money!!!

Sandy
Sandy
2 years ago

Once again our government officials show they have little concern for their constituents or wasteful spending. The real concern, however, is how this allows for more abuses from the IRS. We already know from their past behavior we cannot trust them. Want to stop some of this, (I say “some” as it comes from both sides)? GET OUT AND VOTE! Elect people who truly represent your beliefs. Get your family, friends and neighbors to vote. Take people who can’t get there on their own. Speaking of beliefs, pray but remember, this was forewarned in the Bible.

Sandra Lee
Sandra Lee
2 years ago

It’s called killing the goose that lays the golden eggs!!!

Robin McCord
Robin McCord
2 years ago

I will say this; I don’t believe in big government and I’m not sure it’s possible for a government agency to be efficient, but having waited 4 months now for my Federal tax refund, I can attest that it definitely isn’t efficient now!

Sandy
Sandy
2 years ago

They are making plans to go to all crypto currencies. This will prevent any privacy in regards to our financial activities.

Garye
Garye
2 years ago

The issue is who do these representatives think they are??
What makes them entitiled to money that WE earn??
This group works FOR and FOLLOWS what REAL CITIZENS TELL THEM for a better America!!
NOT WHATEVER THEY WANT!!
I care NOT AT ALL what politicians want!
We the People are in charge, everybody should STOP accepting tyranny, socialism, additional attempts to take YOUR money, YOUR freedom and FORCE YOU to accept anything!!
Make them accountable to YOU.
NO critical racism teaching in schools, NO restricting OR removing YOUR second amnendment rights, NO illegal immigration, NO green new deal, NO taxpayer funded abortion of planned parenthood,
NO change in the Suprene Court, NO defunding Our police, NO sanctuary crime ridden cities!!!
STOP discussing,allowing ,EXCUSING or ACCEPTING these politicians and their ANTI -AMERICAN,ANTI -FREEDOM,RIDICULOUS policies and actions!!
NO MORE – REMOVE THEM and elect “REAL REPRESENTATIVES of CITIZENS AND DEMAND AMERICA FIRST!
These failures spend BILLIONS on illegals in America while Seniors, Veterans and mentally ill CITIZENS barely survive!
OBVIOUSLY they care little or have failed at their responsibilites.

Hen3ry
Hen3ry
2 years ago

They have ways for figuring out if you’re supporting your life style with cash
And time and resources are on their side to run an investigation.

Mimi
Mimi
2 years ago

We need a 10% flat tax. Then we won’t need the IRS. No deductions, no hassles. No confusing tax forms. 10% of gross and done.

Mimi
Mimi
2 years ago

The gestapo is alive and well. In America we call them the Internal Revenue Service. Back in the 70’s we were audited. My tax man assured me that the deduction they were questioning was definitely legal. They charged me $800 and I paid it because they are brutal. My tax man told me to get certain tax law books from my congressman to prove my case (no home computers in those days). He sent me a huge stack of tax law books. It took me two years to find the statute I needed. I sent a copy to the IRS and requested a refund. They said the statute of limitations was passed, and kept our money. Why didn’t they know their own rules? They never should have audited us, but they new it would be next to impossible for me to find the information I needed. That’s who they’re giving more money and power to. God help us!! President Trump we need you back in office to fight for us.

Kelly
Kelly
2 years ago

We don’t need the IRS to be supersized!!! They can’t even do their job now, I filed taxes mid March & am still waiting for my small refund WTH ???

Scott Berg
Scott Berg
2 years ago

Why is anyone surprised” it’s their MO to a T, I’m convinced they outright stole the election,Mike Lindell as well as an Army of top tear intelligence professionals handed you the evidence”, biden as well as his family is Corrupt ” along with the companies that manage the voting machines Yet” no one is or has tackled this issue and as far as I know or can find out every municipality that has them has made no plans to change, Honestly all I hear is hot air and talking heads!
Election Integrity MY ASS !!!

Wayne Peterkin
Wayne Peterkin
2 years ago

To every liberal including the Democratic Party, EVERYTHING is politics. They are consumed with politics and their own political power, so if they can take an overly powerful government agency and weaponize it to suit their political goals they will. And they are. We’re even seeing it in the military, making our future very questionable at best. The left has been waging racial and class warfare for years all for the same purpose – their political power. And if we can’t stop it, this nation is headed for the dustbin of history. I’m old enough it won’t matter much to my wife and I but I bleed for my grandkid’s futures.

Lynda Buchholz
Lynda Buchholz
2 years ago

I can’t believe they are spending our money like it is theirs. Something has to change! They certainly aren’t representing us when they put that money where they are.

Walter
Walter
2 years ago

What percent of the $1T is actually going for infrastructure? Is it like the 9% of allocated funds going for COVID? These Dems and Rinos are bankrupting and destroying America. They are not representatives of Legak American Taxpayer Citizens. They are hypocrites and should be forced out of office, thrown in jait for Treason. They are destroying the middle class.

Firewalk
Firewalk
2 years ago

500,000 new immigrants this year not paying taxes but using resourcesq

par
par
2 years ago

Typical big government. More waste of spending, in an already bloated service.

Hen3ry
Hen3ry
2 years ago

The Socialist Dem Left always accused Trump of undermining our Democracy
But if there ever was a threat to our democracy and freedoms
A Bloated Pervasive Invasive IRS would be It.

Jeanette
Jeanette
2 years ago

better would be to find out to cut government spending. This is a very scary action considering the excessive waste and political desires.

Roberta Cromlish
Roberta Cromlish
2 years ago

So, Biden is sending out his forces to make sure everyone is vaccinated(we want to see your papers), Pelosi is sending capitol police to states to enforce? while dems and blm march to defund local police?–sounds like the dems want nothing less than to nationalize and miklitarize a force to control people. And, we will be looking at tens of thousands of new IRS agents to go after anyone who doesn’t comply with conservative ideas so that they may be stripped of any properties they may hold. Tell me afgain how the Germans and other Commuist countries took over?

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
2 years ago

The IRS should not be enlarged. It should be eliminated from its current role by replacing the income tax with the Fair Tax, a sales tax that would be much more simple and fair. No more tax shelters for rich people and big corporations. Every person would pay his fair share. If you buy the product or service, you pay the tax. No more need for annual filing of tax forms. Has AMAC strongly supported the Fair tax, as it should?

B Taylor
B Taylor
2 years ago

Now that they figured out exactly how to implement ruinous stimulus schemes on the taxpayers and are out to destroy capitalism thru massive government spending and with trillions of dollars now available to them thru this pandemic that allowed the sabotage of our system they will never stop in there quest for full and total control of everything and everyone.

John
John
2 years ago

Can we revive the old tax payer’s wish to go to a FLAT TAX? 10% is adequate realistically to fund most required services but even 15% would be tolerable if it were to be applied across the board. Then we could downsize the IRS and apply all those salaries and expenses to infrastructure needs.

Phyllis
Phyllis
2 years ago

We need a complete cleaning out of congress. Get rid of everyone of them and elect conservative, freedom loving Americans.

JohnH
JohnH
2 years ago

Read history of: Krushev speech to UN in Sept. 1959 & he spoke of 8-levels of control to create Socialism. #3 was “DEBT—Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to raise taxes & increase poverty”, NOW: look back at last 12-years that debt has increased every year & wonder why.

Suzanne
Suzanne
2 years ago

IRS is not part of the USA government. It is part United Nations. The Attorney General and Secretary of the Treasury and has to renounce their citizenship. They are paid by the UN. Employees of IRS are not hired by US Government. They work for the United Nations. When you pay your taxes the money goes to the UN. Look it up. Cleverly hidden in the “law”. UN has an agreement with UN Secretary of Treasury (former US citizens). Our money goes to the International Monetary Fund & International Fund for Reconstruction and Development. 

Actually, The Corporation of the United States is bankrupt. So Joe is the president of a bankrupt corporation…Conspiracy theory is true… .

Brenda Blunt
Brenda Blunt
2 years ago

Perhaps the IRS will able to go after the politicians themselves for tax evasion.

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