A former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official has blown the whistle to reveal that the federal agency plans to target middle-class Americans under the Democrats’ “Inflation Reduction Act.”
Former IRS attorney William Henck worked for the agency for 20 years until 2017.
He left the IRS when he was terminated for allegedly revealing sensitive information to the media.
He revealed how the IRS had reportedly failed to identify a multi-billion-dollar corporate tax credit scheme involving burning pulp byproducts – a source of energy also known as black liquor.
Now the whistleblower is speaking out to reveal that the IRS is seeking to target middle-income Americans with increased scrutiny and audits.
Speaking to Fox Business, Henck disputed claims by the IRS and other officials who have said that increased funding for the agency under the “Inflation Reduction Act” would only lead to more audits for wealthy millionaires and billionaires and large corporations.
The Democrat-led “Inflation Reduction Act” is set to be signed into law by President Joe Biden this week and will double the size of the IRS by adding an additional 87,000 agents.
“The idea that they’re going to open things up and go after these big billionaires and large corporations is quite frankly [expletive],” Henck said in the Monday interview.
“It’s not going to happen,” he continued.
“They’re going to give themselves bonuses and promotions and really nice conferences.”
“The big corporations and the billionaires are probably sitting back laughing right now,” he said, adding that it was “insane” to double the IRS budget.
Henck also said he believes that the agency will go after businesses that don’t have enough money to hire Washington lobbyists.
The Democrat-controlled House passed the IRA in a strictly party-line vote on August 12.
It includes nearly $80 billion in IRS funding, including $45.6 billion for “enforcement.”
As Slay News previously reported, the IRS is seeking to hire new agents who are “willing to use deadly force.”
A Treasury Department report from May 2021 (pdf) estimated that such an investment would enable the agency to hire roughly 87,000 employees by 2031.
Amid mounting fears, the IRS has claimed that it will “absolutely not” be using the extra money to increase audit scrutiny on small businesses or middle-income Americans.
IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig stated in a letter to members of the Senate on August 4 that the extra resources will instead serve to help the agency in “challenging” areas.
Rettig claims those areas include audits of large corporate and global high-net-worth taxpayers.
“These resources are absolutely not about increasing audit scrutiny on small businesses or middle-income Americans,” Rettig wrote in the letter.
“As we’ve been planning, our investment of these enforcement resources is designed around the Department of the Treasury’s directive that audit rates will not rise relative to recent years for households making under $400,000.”
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre have also doubled down on their rhetoric regarding reports about the extra funding being utilized to target middle-income Americans.
The White House claims that there would be no new audits for individuals earning less than $400,000 per year.
Whistleblower Henck disagrees, however.
“There will be considerable incentive to basically to shake down taxpayers, and the advantage the IRS has is they have basically unlimited resources and no accountability, whereas a taxpayer has to weigh the cost of accountants, tax lawyers—fighting something in tax court,” he told Fox Business.
“If you own a roofing company, you better count on getting audited because that’s what they’re going to be doing,” he continued.
“They’re going to be going after your car dealerships, roofing companies.”
Henck’s comments come after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that working-class Americans will end up paying billions of dollars in new taxes thanks to the IRA.
Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee said on Aug. 12 that they had received the information from the CBO confirming that under the new legislation, lower- and middle-income Americans will pay an estimated $20 billion more in taxes over the next decade.
This confirms that “at least $20 billion of the $124 billion in new revenue expected by a supercharged IRS will be coming from higher audits on low- and middle-income Americans” and that this would be “in addition to existing audits on these income levels,” GOP lawmakers said in a statement.
The news also follows a recent report by Slay News that highlighted the IRS’s new training programs.
Images emerged that show armed IRS agents training to raid suburban homes.
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