Economy & Business, Politics

Extortion: IRS Hikes the “Hassle Tax”

The taxpayers being forced to make this massive “investment” may be in no mood to celebrate. What’s troubling is not just the large amount of money that will be surging into Washington but the way some of it will be pried out of the hands of Americans. Recently a Journal editorial noted:

The pact between Sen. Joe Manchin and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer includes $80 billion in new funding for the tax man. Democrats claim this “investment” will yield more than $200 billion in revenue. That estimate is highly speculative, but if it’s anywhere close to right IRS auditors will soon be coming after tens of millions of Americans…

The bill earmarks $45.6 billion for “enforcement,” including “litigation,” “criminal investigations,” “investigative technology,” “digital asset monitoring” and a new fleet of tax-collector cars. The result will be far more audits, civil suits and criminal referrals.

The main targets will by necessity be the middle- and upper-middle class because that’s where the money is. The Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’s official tax scorekeeper, says that from 78% to 90% of the money raised from under-reported income would likely come from those making less than $200,000 a year. Only 4% to 9% would come from those making more than $500,000.

The harm will go beyond the money the new tax collectors will be able to extract in settlements over tax disputes. Read more…

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