Democrats reject ban on middle-class tax hikes in ‘Cutting Inflation Act’

Senate Democrats, in a party-line vote, rejected an amendment to their ‘Cutting Inflation Act’ that would prohibit Internal Revenue Service (IRS) funds from being used to prosecute workers and middle-class Americans with audits and tax hikes.

On Sunday, Senate Democrats passed the Cut Inflation Act, which provides $80 billion for the IRS to primarily target inflation-stressed working-class and middle-class American households, with more audits.

The Joint Committee on Taxation reported that 78-90% of taxpayer money collected through new audits and investigations as a result of the legislation would come from US households earning less than $200,000 a year. Meanwhile, only four to nine percent are expected to come from households earning more than $500,000 a year.

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) has proposed an amendment that would prohibit any of the new IRS funds from being used to target Americans earning less than $400,000 a year. Crapo said the amendment ensures President Joe Biden will not break his promise not to raise taxes on Americans earning less than $400,000 a year.

The amendment, however, was defeated by all Senate Democrats in a party vote. The legislation passed, instead, only suggests that Congress does not “intend” to raise taxes on households with annual incomes below $400,000.

The Cut Inflation Act is apparently a violation of a promise Biden made to American taxpayers in his last State of the Union (SOTU) address in March.

“And under my plan, no one earning less than $400,000 a year will pay an extra penny in new taxes. No one,” Biden said at the time.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter here.


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