Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner Charles P. Rettig told Congress his agency wouldn’t increase audits on households earning less than $400,000 after being handed circa 87,000 more agents in the Orwellianly-monikered Inflation Reduction Act hurried through the U.S. Congress this weekend.
Which means they absolutely will be doing that, if historical promises by agency heads in front of the lawmakers they pretend to answer to are anything to go by. And they are.
In other words, they just used your taxes to increase your taxes so they could hire 87,000 IRS agents to rifle further through your taxes in case you owe more taxes.
Welcome to American kleptocracy.
Lmao they just used your taxes to increase your taxes so they could hire 87,000 IRS agents to rifle further through your taxes in case you owe more taxes.
It’s a kleptocracy. pic.twitter.com/UXY3pp5ZFc
— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) August 8, 2022
IRS estimates (which we know are always excellent) reveal supposedly uncollected taxes of around $1trn each year. Or, as I like to call it, one-eighth of a “war on terror.”
Indeed 87,000 new IRS agents is greater than the number of people living in Biden’s home town of Wilmington, Delaware (71,000, I’m reliably informed).
Even Senator Susan Collins has pointed out this move “more than [doubles] the size of the agency and [gives] the IRS more employees than the number of Pentagon, State Department, and FBI employees as well as Border Patrol agents combined.”
Democrats have been keen to pursue this strategy of spending (your) money to make (more) money (off you) for a while, and it reminded me of the last point the aforementioned Orwell makes in favor of establishing a harsh, socialist system in England in his 1941 essay The Lion and the Unicorn. Yes, Orwell was in fact a relatively authoritarian socialist, at least at one point.