“More Freedom, Less Government, and We are Just Getting Started,” Lauren Boebert announced before she cast her vote for the first bill for this congress. She announced the first bill is two pages long, one subject and zero earmarks, and “it will help stop the harassment of the American citizens by prohibiting those 87,000 agents from ever being hired. That’s conservative governance at its finest.”

 

The vote to repeal the Democrat’s plan to hire 87,000 new IRS agents was unanimous. Speaker McCarthy tweeted
“House Republicans just voted unanimously to repeal the Democrat’s army of 87,000 IRS agents. This was our very first act of the new congress because the government should work for you, not against you. Promises made. Promises kept.”

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The timing to repeal the increase in agents at the IRS comes at the same time as the Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) releasing records given to them by the IRS, providing an overview of 2022 audits. What the records show is startling. A common campaign promise by Democrats is that they are going to make millionaires pay their “fair share,” yet the demographic that saw the most audits last year is the low-income taxpayers. Audits that can be handled via mail, called correspondence audits, are easier and less expensive to conduct, so the agency frequently relies on correspondence audits which are commonly used with low-income payers. The Reason noted that the audit target is often surrounding a tax credit that is “easy to get wrong.” The earned income tax credit can be confusing and is often available to families in the low-income bracket.

Democrats added $80 billion in IRS funding to The Inflation Reduction Act, which they passed in August 2022. And even though the justification around the funding was to catch millionaires and billionaires, and those making less than $400,000 would not see an increase in IRS harassment, those assurances were not written into the thousands of pages included in the Act.

Partisan, divisive politicking, where groups are separated and polarized, is the way the leftist agenda works. This time the millionaires were the enemy, other times, white males have been the enemy. But the goal is to take Americans’ focus off of those who are actually causing harm, which are elected officials and their unelected staff.

Representative Thomas Massie summed it up well, “Dems say IRS needs $80 billion more to hire 87,000 MORE agents to improve customer “service” at the IRS. Depends on what your definition of “service” is!

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