The first two columns on the IRS show real differences between the parties with regard to invasive tax regimes. (For each of the three full columns, follow the link embedded in each headline.)

Democrats massive IRS takes dead aim at poor people (Jan. 4): A new report from a Syracuse University study group reemphasizes the likelihood that the 87,000 new IRS agents funded by congressional Democrats and President Joe Biden will harass low-income taxpayers the most.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a highly reputable research outlet, reports, to quote the headline of its Jan. 4 report, that the “IRS audits few millionaires but targeted many low-income families in FY 2022.” More specifically, according to the TRAC Syracuse report, “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.” …

House vote against massive IRS should be just the first step (Jan. 10):  House Republicans deserve credit for honoring their commitment to vote for a repeal of the $80 billion, 87,000-agent increase for the IRS that Democrats shoved down the nation’s throat last year. If Republicans actually want to govern well, though, not just engage in performance art, that’s just the beginning of advisable legislative efforts regarding the IRS.

The Democrats’ expansion of the IRS amounted to a weaponization of unaccountable bureaucrats against ordinary citizens. By providing 14 times as many new resources for “enforcement agents” as for new customer-service representatives on the IRS helpline, and by refusing to guarantee that new auditing power would be unleashed only against those making more than $400,000 annually, Democrats are burdening plenty of innocent, low-income workers with falsely based investigations that citizens can’t afford to fight….

Biden’s new regulatory report shows left control freaks in action (Jan. 6): A new document released by the Biden administration again leads to the conclusion that the easiest identifier of modern self-styled “progressives” is that they really, really want to run other people’s lives. ….


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