Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) was challenged on Sunday with his gripes about additional Internal Revenue Service agents when NBC’s Chuck Todd told him, “Just stop cheating on your taxes, Congressman. .”
Republicans are trying to make a negative rhetoric about the $80 billion increase in IRS funding through the Cut Inflation Act and 87,000 more officers over 10 years. But that seems to infuriate few, other than tax evaders.
“I just don’t get it,” Todd said on “Meet the Press,” referring to Republicans in a snit on plans to crack down on tax evasion.
“A lot of Republicans have talked about fighting waste, fraud, and abuse. The current head of the IRS, who was appointed by Trump, said he doesn’t have enough staff, that the biggest problem we have is people not paying the taxes they are supposed to pay,” Todd pointed out.
“If you’re upset about more IRS people, just stop cheating on your taxes, congressman,” Todd chimed in, adding that he wasn’t necessarily referring to Barr specifically, but maybe to him. other lawmakers complaining.
“Good, Chuck,” Barr replied, still smiling. “Everyone thinks people should pay their taxes.” But Barr insisted that “$20 billion of these audits are going to come at the expense of low- and middle-income Americans.”
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen wrote to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig earlier this month: “Contrary to misinformation from opponents of this legislation, small businesses or households earning $400,000 a year or less will not see no increase in the chances of them being audited.”
The increase in IRS expenses should be recovered by a sharp increase in income from tax evasion. It is expected to generate more than $700 billion in new revenue by cracking down on tax evasion, taxing stock buybacks and extending the cap on business loss deductions.
Republicans were so eager to stir up fury against the IRS boost that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) falsely insisted earlier this month that the agency planned to deliberately target Americans middle income. Grassley savagely claimed that IRS agents would come to Americans’ doorsteps for audits armed with assault weapons.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also falsely warned that a “new army of 87,000 IRS agents will come after you” if you “earn $75,000 or less.”
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) responded in a statement that “the arsonist conspiracy theories Republicans are pushing about armed IRS agents are increasingly dangerous. and uncontrollable. High-ranking Republicans are saying outrageously irresponsible things,” he added.
“Given the social media chatter we are already seeing, it is all too easy to imagine individuals using these conspiracy theories to justify violence against public officials and their families,” Wyden said in the statement.