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Dems Seek to Supersize IRS

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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
2 months 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
2 months ago

The American gestapo is coming apparently.

Jack Thomas
2 months 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
2 months 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.

Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Linda

It’s total insanity! Politicians are included right?
I saw nowhere did they mention the very people who are voting in favor of this Bill!
Can anyone expand on the subject?

JOHN
2 months 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…..

Lee S McQuillen
2 months ago
Reply to  JOHN

Don’t forget the conservative 401-c-3 applications that were left on a desk for months and months with no action. This was under Obama.

Mimi
2 months 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.

Kashoub
2 months ago
Reply to  Mimi

Yeah! And everyone should pay it. Not just the rich.

Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Mimi

????????????????????????!

Tim Thompson
2 months 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.

Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim Thompson

President Trump made these attempts to making the tax code simplified and all he got was negativity!
And 10%across the board will not help with the ginormous deficiencies from poor choices spending money they currently collect. Why do we tax payers have to foot the Bill to pay off the debt? I guarantee the majority of Americans will disagree with this outrageous spending spree at our expense!

Garye
2 months 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!

Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Garye

STOP SENDING MONEY TO COUNTRIES THAT HATE US TO BEGIN WITH!

Vic. Matt.
2 months 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
2 months 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.

Garye
2 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Exactly Rich.
The opposition should be SCREAMING and EXPOSING this communist tactic!!!

John fallon
2 months 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!!!!

Rich Morty
2 months ago
Reply to  John fallon

Or, ya know, go after the Trumps of the country who find ways to avoid paying taxes at all…

Jim
2 months 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.

JohnH
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Yes, I hear no talk of changing tax code to get rid of loopholes. Donald Trump mentioned getting rid of one loophole during 2016 debates with Hilliary Clinton , but I am pretty sure that nothing was done with this during his four years.

Rich Morty
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

That’s because he’s the one using them

Jim
2 months 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..

Hen3ry
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

That of course is using the term loosely.

Phillip
2 months 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.

JOHN
2 months ago
Reply to  Phillip

Well they can and will when the time comes. It has happened in other Nations throughout history. Devalue current currency then print NEW Money declaring all previous promissory notes null and void. It has begun with our coins. The silver standard was removed in 1964 making paper silver certificates no longer redeemable for silver. FDR did the same thing in1933 with GOLD making private ownership of gold coin or bullion illegal. That was during the depression and very few private citizens owned much gold, but it also prevented anyone but the government to have wealth backed by gold!

Ashlee
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

SML
2 months ago
Reply to  C M

Hell no, I haven’t written a check to pay ANY bills in over a decade and have zero desire to start again!

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  SML

Too many people don’t know how to write anymore and don’t know what a check book is. Sorry CM, it wouldn’t work. When people would get behind on their payments, then what? What difference would it really make anyway?

C M
2 months ago
Reply to  Rich

My comment was meant to make a point. Obviously this would not be feasible. Let me rephrase my original post.
I got 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. Unless we can get people to feel the “sticker shock” (net pay vs gross pay) like they did when they got that first paycheck, things ain’t never gonna change.

‘Nonymous
2 months 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?

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