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Poll: Americans worried about IRS hiring boom

Empower Wisconsin | Aug. 31, 2022

A majority of Americans believes Biden’s army of IRS agents will target low- and-middle-income Americans, according to a new poll from Convention of States Action.

The poll of more than 1,000 likely voters, conducted Aug. 19-23 by national pollster The Trafalgar Group, found 52 percent of respondents think President Biden’s plan to hire 87,000 Internal Revenue Service employees will be used to audit middle-class Americans, low-income earners, and small businesses, or to target political opponents of those in power.

About a third of respondents (32%) said the additional agents will be used to audit wealthy Americans and large corporations, as the administration claims. And 16 percent weren’t sure.

“We wanted to understand whether or not voters believe that the true purpose of hiring 87,000 new IRS agents is to focus on–as the Biden Administration has been claiming–’large corporate and high-net-worth taxpayers’ or whether something else is afoot,” said Mark Meckler, president of the Convention of States. “Democrats believe that this is the case, and that what they’ve been told by their leaders is accurate. Independents and Republicans strongly believe the country is being lied to, and that this new IRS is going to target either everyday Americans, or those who are political opponents of the federal bureaucracy.”

According to the poll, 52 percent of those identifying as Independents say the new IRS employees will be used to target middle-class Americans, low-income earners and small businesses, or to target political enemies, while 31 percent of Independents surveyed believe the agents will only target wealthy Americans and large corporations.

Nearly 73 percent of Republican respondents say the expanded IRS will be used for auditing middle- and lower earners, small businesses and political opponents, while just 38.5 percent of Democrats believe so.

So-called fact-checkers in the mainstream media assert the 87,000 new hires is a lie spread by Republicans, that many of the new employees would simply replace tens of thousands of retiring IRS staff in the coming years. Turning to a Biden official as its “fact check” expert, Reuters reported that “a decade of Republican-passed budget cuts in Congress” left the IRS with 16,000 fewer employees in 2021 than it had in 2010.

“The agency is responsible for collecting the bulk of nearly $5 trillion in annual U.S. revenues,” the news outlet reported.

But U.S. Rep.Kevin Brady from Texas, the top Republican on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, disputes the Democrat’s numbers game.

“This is the new claim: ‘There’s no new IRS agents, we’re just replacing the ones who leave.’” But the existing budget can replace them. These are all new,” the lawmaker tweeted. A line item in Biden’s hefty spending plan includes the 87,000 IRS employee count.

So many Americans are worried about the IRS being used to shakedown average taxpayers and target political opponents because they’ve seen this movie before.

During the Obama years, when Joe Biden was vice president, the IRS was used to attack conservatives and right-of-center organizations.

“We hope that today’s settlement makes clear that this abuse of power will not be tolerated,” then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in October 2017 after the Justice Department settled with dozens of conservative groups harassed for their political leanings.

Biden and the Democrats need every penny they can squeeze out of taxpayers to pay for expensive left-wing agenda items like the climate change payouts baked into the ill-named Inflation Reduction Act. An analysis by the Heritage Foundation found that, despite the administration’s claims, it’s almost certain households making less than $400,000 a year would face increased audits. And all those audits will demand more auditors.

“This latest tyranny from Washington, DC is propelling our nation more quickly toward an Article V Convention of States, which stands alone and the only way to solve the problem of an out-of-control and out-of-touch federal government that is too big, too powerful, and too involved in our everyday lives,” Convention of States Action’s Meckler said.

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