Cattle Ranchers Audited by IRS Give Stark Warning to Americans

David and Deborah Hajda are Texas cattle ranchers, and they gave a stark warning to Americans, especially the middle class, following the Democrats’ bill that would add $80 billion in IRS funding.


On Tuesday, they told Fox News host Dana Perino on “America’s Newsroom” that they experienced a tax audit 13 years ago. Deborah said:

“We got audited over basically a $7,800 engine rebuild on a very old tractor.”

Deborah added:

“They just basically said this was a red flag, and we’re going to audit you, and we’re coming to your house,”

Just the thought of this should concern every American because the IRS can and will audit anybody they want. It is not just for the billionaires, as some Democrats claim. The Hajda’s are not billionaires, they are hard-working Americans, and they were audited. Although this happened 13 years ago, it can happen today, too, especially given the Democrats’ legislation that adds $80 billion in IRS funding.

Deborah continued:

“I took out our box of receipts… and we handed it to him, and I said ‘Here’s your receipts’ … we weren’t hiding anything.”

Perino asked if the IRS agent simply wanted them to fill out a quota.

Deborah responded:

“Probably. They said they flagged it because our expenses were high that year, and it was because of this repair,”

The Hajda’s continued, saying they could not afford to get a new tractor, and they kept all the records of expenses for repairs needed. But that was not a good enough explanation for the auditor.

David said:

“He wasn’t satisfied. He kept digging, and he ended up nailing us. Our tax person was giving us 80% on our work vehicles, and he said you can only do 50%.”


Deborah added:

“I was very naive about the situation. I had no idea of the power, the scope [of the audit] going in three years of my life … and me having no control over that, no control over the information he was given.”

“It was very invasive. You feel very attacked because that guy wanted to go back and say, ‘I got her.’”

The details given by Deborah and David are extremely concerning, as this could happen to any middle-class family. As much as the Biden administration deflects that point, it does not make it any less true.

Deborah concluded with a stark warning for middle-class Americans.

“They want to get you. If they’re coming after you for an audit, they don’t want to see your receipt … they want to nitpick your life apart, and that’s not what the American dream is for self-employment, small business…”

Following the interview, Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted: “Abolish the IRS.”


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