Blumenthal spars with Graham, calls middle class fear over 87,000 new IRS agents ‘preposterous’

Sens. Dick Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) squared off over the accusation that Democrats are funding an IRS army of 87,000 new agents to go after average Americans following the passage of the “Inflation Reduction Act.”

(Video Credit: CNN)

Those agents are in addition to what an already weaponized Internal Revenue Service has on its payroll. The bill is now on its way to President Biden to sign, unleashing an audit force greater than what has ever been seen in the United States.

The “Inflation Reduction Act” gifts $79.6 billion to the IRS over the next ten years.

According to The Wall Street Journal, IRS agents are about to “Go Beast Mode” on the middle and upper-middle classes.

Blumenthal and Graham appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday with host Dana Bash to lock horns over the massive spending bill.

Graham was adamant that he wouldn’t vote for the obscene spending spree no matter what. Then he tore into the Democrats and their IRS foot soldiers.

“Hiring 86,000 more IRS agents, if that makes you feel better, you missed a lot,” Graham posited. “They’re coming after waitresses and Uber drivers and everybody else to collect more taxes. So if you think growing the IRS is good for you, you’re wrong.”

“I think the IRS is going to target the highest income Americans,” Blumenthal shot back with a smile. “As the saying goes, that’s where the money is, that’s where they’re going to look to collect.”

Graham made the unfortunate move of just sitting there, smiling, nodding, and taking the disparagement of middle America in stride while Blumenthal claimed that they were only going after big companies, especially those in the energy sector.

“The idea there’s going to be this army of IRS agents descending on the average Americans is preposterous,” he said, mocking the concerns of mainstream Americans.

“Tax fairness is what we need. For the biggest corporations in this country to pay no taxes, for them to do stock buybacks that benefit the shareholders? For example in the case of oil companies, they are making three to four times what they did last year. What are they doing with those excess windfall profits? Lowering gasoline prices? No, they are doing stock buybacks and they ought to pay a tax on it,” he declared.

CBS News reported in March that the IRS audits the poor five times more than anyone else.

“Tax season is a fraught time for taxpayers, who are understandably eager to get their refunds quickly and who may fret that processing hiccups could delay their checks. But some Americans may have more grounds for concern than others: low-income households with less than $25,000 in annual earnings,” CBS News noted.

“This group is five times as likely to be audited by the IRS as everyone else, according to a new analysis of IRS data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. About 13 tax returns out of 1,000 filed by those earning less than $25,000 were audited in the fiscal year ended September 30, compared with a rate of 2.6 for every 1,000 returns for people with incomes above $25,000, TRAC found,” the media outlet continued.

“The reason is a rise in what are known as ‘correspondence audits,’ a review of a tax return that’s typically handled by the IRS via letters and phone calls, as opposed to the typically more complex face-to-face audits. More than half of the correspondence audits initiated by the IRS last year involved low-income people who claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), TRAC found,” the report concluded.

The IRS also has a history of targeting conservative groups such as the Tea Party. That happened under former President Barack Obama.

Many believe it is probable that the IRS will once again be used by the left as a force to silence opposition on the right.

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