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Bloomberg Labels Democrats’ IRS Policy a “Lifeline” Against “Republican Budget Cuts”

On Monday, Bloomberg published an article that defended the substantial new expenditure that Democrats had authorised for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and blamed Republicans for cutting the agency’s budget.

The inflation Reduction Act was signed into law by Vice President Joe Biden in August. The law allocates $80 billion toward doubling the workforce of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over the next decade by hiring approximately 87,000 new employees.

This will take place over the next decade. Republicans are concerned that agents of the Internal Revenue Service will target the middle class and conservative groups. Democrats, on the other hand, argue that agents of the IRS will only go after wealthy tax cheats.

According to the subtitle of the piece written by writers Laura Davison and David Ingold, “The agency’s additional funds will help fight tax fraudsters, but it may not be enough to restore the damage that has been caused by years of Republican budget cuts.”

Their argument was that the newly allocated funds for the IRS “amount to little more than a lifeline for an agency eviscerated by years of Republican-led funding cuts” and that “it could take years before the government starts seeing results while the agency rebuilds.”

They said that the funding of the IRS was “one of the political conflicts that have flown beneath the radar in Washington over the past decade.”

According to the report, in 2013, following a scandal involving an IRS official targeting conservative groups applying for nonprofit status, Republicans saw an opportunity to rein in the agency and attempted to impeach former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “In 2013, following a scandal involving an IRS official targeting conservative groups applying for nonprofit status,”

According to the reporters, “waves of budget cuts” were successfully enforced by the Republican Party when they controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate. This, in turn, “forced the Internal Revenue Service to slowly pare back on audits of the wealthy.”


Davison and Ingold both communicated statements that “The claims made by Republicans that “the financing will provide the IRS the capacity to hire an additional 87,000 auditors who will target middle-class taxpayers” seem to be sinking in: According to the results of several surveys, the increased IRS enforcement is one of the provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act that is the least well received.”

Additionally, their report mentioned, “The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Democrats have taken steps to reassure the American people that the increased audit activity will only affect those taxpayers who make $400,000 or more annually and that the additional staff will be filling a variety of positions rather than just enforcement officials. They have also informed us that they won’t be carrying any firearms with them.”

However, officials in the Biden administration have not been able to provide any evidence to support this claim.

For instance, White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein, when questioned on CNBC, did not commit to guaranteeing that the 87,000 new IRS employees will not audit people making less than $400,000 annually. He made this statement in response to a question.

In a recent job advertising, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said that applicants must be willing to “carry a pistol” and “use deadly force, if necessary.” This prompted an outcry among internet users.

According to the observations made by the Bloomberg reporters, training new IRS agents will require some time, and the “rate probably won’t ramp up again until 2026 or 2027.”

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At the end of the article, a positive spin was provided by JK Air, the senior associate dean of the School of Business at George Mason University.

He stated that enforcement is “essentially making sure that whatever Congress has in terms of tax policy is being implemented with integrity and with some level of fairness across all taxpayers.”

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