Elon Musk Mocks Democrats’ Plan to Hire Army of IRS Agents

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has mocked the plan by congressional Democrats to hire an army of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents.

Musk was poking fun at the goal for the IRS to hire an additional 87,000 employees to more than double the size of the agency.

In a post on Twitter, Musk shared a meme depicting a laughing British redcoat.

The image includes the caption: “when the country that revolted over taxes hires 87,000 new IRS agents.”

South Africa-born Musk, who is now an American citizen, told a user that he already gets “audited every year by default.”

The 87,000 new employees will be hired through an $80 billion carveout from the Democrat-led $740 billion “Inflation Reduction Act.”

Top Biden administration officials, including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, argue that the new agents will focus primarily on wealthy Americans.

The IRS employed nearly 79,000 full-time employees as of the fiscal year 2021, according to the agency.

The agency also reported $13.7 billion in operating costs.

“I direct that any additional resources — including any new personnel or auditors that are hired — shall not be used to increase the share of small business or households below the $400,000 threshold that are audited relative to historical levels,” Yellen told Rettig in a Wednesday letter.

“This means that, contrary to the misinformation from opponents of this legislation, small business or households earning $400,000 per year or less will not see an increase in the chances that they are audited.”

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However, Yellen did not mention that “historical levels” of audits were significantly higher as recently as one decade ago.

According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, audit rates for Americans earning between $25,000 to $200,000 fell 76% between 2010 and 2019.

Meanwhile, those earning less than $25,000 saw audit rates fall by 61%.

Taxpayers earning between $200,000 and $500,000 — representing those at the upper end of the Biden administration’s vow to not raise taxes for those earning less than $400,000 — saw a 92% decline in audits.

The report added that IRS officials “attributed the overall decline in audit rates to decreased funding, and therefore reduced staffing to conduct audits” — constraints that are directly addressed by the Inflation Reduction Act.

As Slay News previously reported, the IRS’s job description for new agents says that employees must “carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”

Yet Rettig vowed that his agency will “absolutely not” use its new employees to target middle-class Americans and small businesses.

Instead, he promised that the new funding will create better information technology systems that will help Americans more easily comply with tax laws.

For his part, Musk has repeatedly warned about the dangers of unsustainable fiscal habits.

“True national debt, including unfunded entitlements, is at least $60 trillion — roughly three times the size of the entire US economy,” he commented on social media earlier this year.

“Something has got to give.”

Several Democrat lawmakers, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), accuse Musk of “freeloading off everyone else” and failing to pay his “fair share” of taxes.

However, the entrepreneur revealed that he paid $11 billion in taxes last year.

The figure made Musk’s tax bill the largest of any individual in U.S. history.

“And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year,” Musk retorted.

“Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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