The vast majority of Americans believe Congress should repeal funding for new IRS agents, Mark Meckler, president of the Convention of States Action group said during an appearance on Breitbart News SaturdayCiting polling that was conducted in collaboration with Trafalgar Group.
Meckler explained that results from the survey were not surprising as generally negative sentiments about the IRS can be found. Congress provided billions for the expansion of the IRS through the Inflation Reduction Act. It also added 87,000 IRS agents to the agency. Critics said this will target the middle-class.
“The idea of hiring 87,000 new IRS agents actually is pretty terrifying to most Americans. You know, you get that note in the mail that says you’re being audited or whatever. It’s not a good day you get a call from the IRS,”Meckler explained the findings from the survey which showed that 60 percent of Americans wanted Congress to reverse IRS agent hiring. Meckler said that the majority of Republicans, independents and Democrats want Congress to end that hiring.
The House-led GOP has already voted for the repeal of the 87,000 IRS agents army as its first order.
“House Republicans just voted unanimously to repeal the Democrats’ army of 87,000 IRS agents. This was our very first act of the new Congress, because government should work for you, not against you. Promises made. Promises kept,” House On January 9, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R. CA) stated:
🚨The House Republicans have just unanimously voted to abolish the Democrats’ army consisting of 87,000 IRS agents🚨
It was the very first act by Congress. Because government should serve you, and not against,
Promises made. Promises kept.
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) January 10, 2023
The future direction of the move is uncertain within the Democrat-controlled Senate. Meckler expressed optimism that moderate Democrats will take action, but it is unlikely.
“Again, the IRS is just inherently unpopular among the American people. I think the problem with getting it done in the Senate is what Democrats have done,”Meckler stated that supporters of an expanded IRS are not alone. “convinced their constituents that the only people that are going to be audited, the only people that are going to pay these 87,000 IRS agents are very wealthy people.”He observed that “people at the lowest end of the income scale are five times more likely to be audited by the IRS than wealthier people.”
“The IRS targets poor people because they can’t afford the lawyers and they can’t afford the accountants to fight. And so that’s who they target,”He explained that the IRS expansion proponents have persuaded their constituents it wouldn’t be possible.
“If it makes it to the president’s desk, I think he’s highly likely to veto it, mainly because he really actually doesn’t care about the American people. He doesn’t care what they think. I don’t think he even necessarily knows what they think,”Meckler said that Tea Party movements were largely inspired by the IRS’s past abuses, which focused on conservative organizations.
“I got my start just like you did out of the Tea Party movement,” Meckler told Breitbart News Washington Bureau Chief Matthew Boyle. “And during that time period, what we saw is … the IRS targeting conservative organizations and conservative individuals, not just for audit, but denying them their charitable status when they were filing for charitable registration and just generally harassing conservatives.”
“Having watched the IRS and been intimately involved with that, we ended up suing the IRS — funding a lawsuit against the IRS class action. They ended up having to settle that class action for $3.7 million. It’s the only time I’m ever aware of the IRS ever having to pay out like that. And yet, that might sound satisfying; it’s not because what I saw is there was literally no reform that came out of that,”He said so, noting “the same things that were in place that allowed them to attack Tea Party groups are still in place.”
“Now, you add 87,000 agents and a lot of money to the IRS, and there’s no doubt in my mind: they’re going to weaponize that just like they’ve weaponized the DOJ, the FBI, [and] every other agency against conservatives,”He concluded.
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