Biden Hides the IRS Attacks on the Poor, Claims GOP Is Protecting Billionaires With New Bill

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The new Republican majority in congress set about moving to undo some of the legislation created by Democrats, including the infusion of $80 billion into the IRS, 57 percent of which goes to “enforcement,” and the hiring of 87,000 new IRS agents.


While Republicans called this move out as a naked attempt at terrorizing Americans, Democrats responded by claiming this was about going after the wealthiest Americans, though Democrat Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland gave the game away by telling Americans that they had nothing to fear from this supercharged IRS if they just complied.

(READ: Democrat Senator Tells Americans They Don’t Need to Fear New IRS Agents if They Comply)

The Biden administration is already threatening that President Biden will veto the GOP bill that strips the IRS of its billions. According to Fox News, Biden reiterated that this bill is just for the wealthiest Americans and used the old class-struggle talk about how the GOP is trying to protect billionaires:

“Far from protecting middle-class families or small businesses, H.R. 23 protects wealthy tax cheats at the expense of honest, middle-class taxpayers,” the White House said in a statement. “With their first economic legislation of the new Congress, House Republicans are making clear that their top economic priority is to allow the rich and multi-billion dollar corporations to skip out on their taxes, while making life harder for ordinary, middle-class families that pay the taxes they owe. That’s their agenda; not lowering costs or cutting taxes for hardworking Americans – as President Biden has consistently advocated.”


Except, Biden is lying about the true intent of the IRS and is attempting to distract the public by making this about his political opponents protecting mustache-twirling bad guys with vaults full of cash. Even if Biden was trying to muster the IRS to go after billionaires, the numbers don’t add up.

There are over 600 billionaires in the United States. Why does the IRS need an entire army of 87,000 agents to deal with just over 600 people? Why do they need 87,000 new agents in enforcement to deal with these 600-plus people? Why are these enforcement agents armed? Do they anticipate a firefight against these billionaires?

None of this makes sense in this context, and that’s because the context given is a falsehood. This army isn’t for the wealthy, who have lawyers, accountants, and experts to help them avoid paying as much as they can in taxes legally. No, this army is for middle-class Americans and the poor, and we can see that by looking at what the IRS spent a lot of time doing in 2022.

According to Reason, the IRS attacked the poorest of Americans significantly more than they did anyone else:

On Wednesday, Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) released data provided to it by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on audits performed by the agency in fiscal year 2022. Despite the infusion of new funding earmarked for the IRS via last year’s Inflation Reduction Act, the agency continued historic trends of hassling primarily low-income taxpayers, with relatively few millionaires and billionaires getting caught up in the audit sweep.

“The taxpayer class with unbelievably high audit rates—five and a half times virtually everyone else—were low-income wage-earners taking the earned income tax credit,” reported TRAC, noting that the poorest taxpayers are “easy marks in an era when IRS increasingly relies upon correspondence audits yet doesn’t have the resources to assist taxpayers or answer their questions.”


This isn’t about the wealthy, this is about you.

President Biden, his administration, and the Democrats are running defense for a government institution that spends most of its time attacking people who can’t afford to be attacked, and now they’re attempting to paint the GOP’s efforts to strip the IRS of the extra power the Democrats gave them as an attack on the poor by virtue of only assisting billionaires.


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