A majority of Americans are in favor of attempts by Republicans to stop the Biden administration from bringing in 87,000 new taxpayer-funded employees to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a new survey.
Sixty percent of voters want Congress to reverse the hiring of the new agents, which Democrats budgeted for last year with $80 billion dollars spent via the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, concluded polls run by the Convention of States/Trafalgar Group.
Meanwhile, a reported total of 84 percent of Republicans are against the expansion, with over a quarter of Democrat voters agreeing.
One of the first acts done by the new House Republican majority was a vote to reverse the nearly $71 billion slated for the IRS expansion, the Washington Free Beacon reports. The funding would make the agency more than twice as huge and result in it being bigger than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and Border Patrol combined, according to the outlet.
Reports have indicated that many small business owners and freelancers fear that Biden’s IRS expansion will result in agents targeting them more than ever, especially given the Congressional Budget Office projects that 78 to 90% of revenue from new audits via the expansion is expected to come from families earning less than $200,000 per year.
“I think this is the easiest way for the Biden administration to penalize those who work independently because they’ve tried and exhausted congressional means,” freelancer and Independent Women’s Forum Senior Fellow Gabriella Hoffman told Fox News.
A report from Free Beacon earlier this month concluded that poor Americans are more likely to be audited under Biden’s IRS than any other income group:
In fact, no group faced as much scrutiny from the IRS as those who made below $25,000, the university’s data-gathering center found. Among families that benefited from the earned income tax credit, a rebate on income and payroll taxes made available to the nation’s poorest families, 1.27 percent were audited. The IRS in 2022 audited just 0.19 percent of the vast majority of taxpayers, meaning the poorest families were at least 550 percent more likely to have the IRS knock on their door than the average filer.
Joe Biden promised earlier this month that he will block any attempts to take his 87,000 IRS agents away.
“…I will veto them,” Biden whispered during a press conference.
Biden creepily whispers that he will VETO the bill repealing his 87,000 IRS agents. pic.twitter.com/VYrOjK2Nny
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 12, 2023