Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, said the Inflation Reduction Act’s beefing up of the IRS will create a burden on middle class taxpayers.
While the bill does next to nothing for inflation reduction, its provisions include hiring up to 87,000 new IRS agents and shoring up the agency with tens of billions in funding.
This, Brady said, means the agency is going after “value shoppers.” These are Americans, he explained in an interview, who are middle class and shop at venues like Walmart, Target, and Ross. It is these people, he explained, who will see an additional 710,000 new tax audits each year.
The representative asked “why in heaven’s name is Joe Biden and his White House harassing and picking on working class families?” These are the same families, he added, that have been most damaged since Biden became president.
The Biden administration said that the tens of thousands of new IRS agents will focus on the wealthy and large corporations, but Brady believes this is not the case.
Rep Kevin Brady: Manchin/Schumer reconciliation bill “adds $80 billion to the Internal Revenue Service – nearly six times the agency’s current annual budget – to supercharge the IRS and unleash 87,000 new IRS enforcement agents on taxpayers, including the middle class.” pic.twitter.com/kEZq86S6zR
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Neither does Patrick Hedger, Executive Director of the Taxpayer Protection Alliance. Hedger said the IRS targets “low hanging fruit,” meaning everyday people who do not have packs of attorneys ready to pounce on any investigation.
An IRS agent is a government employee who is not likely to make their job incredibly difficult, Hedger explained, by going “after some billionaire who has an army of lawyers and accountants.”
The Biden administration has doubled down on claims that no one who makes under $400,000 a year will see new taxes, and this has been proven false.
Now it says that the militarized IRS will not target ordinary Americans, but will instead go after the rich and powerful only. With 87,000 new agents, that hardly seems possible.
Hedger said the system needs structural reform to avoid targeting people who can defend themselves the least. The IRS is set to get tens of thousands of new agents with the resources to go after ordinary Americans and make their lives miserable.