755-Page ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ Gives IRS an Additional $70.9 Billion to Target Taxpayers

By CNSNews.com Staff | August 8, 2022 | 2:17pm EDT
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(Photo by Samuel Corum-Pool/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - The 755-page “Inflation Reduction Act” that passed the Senate yesterday on a 50-50 vote—with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking 51st vote—would provide the Internal Revenue Service with an additional $70,963,800,000 to target American taxpayers with “enforcement activities” and “enforcement programs.”

This includes $45,637,400,000 earmarked for “enforcement” and $25,326,400,000 earmarked for “operation support.”

Page 38 of the bill includes a section entitled “Enforcement.”

It says:

“For necessary expenses for tax enforcement activities of the Internal Revenue Service to determine and collect owed taxes, to provide legal and litigation support, to conduct criminal investigations (including investigative technology), to provide digital asset monitoring and compliance activities, to enforce criminal statutes related to violations of internal revenue laws and other financial crimes, to purchase and hire passenger motor vehicles (31 U.S.C. 1343(b)), and to provide other services as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3109, at such rates as may be determined by the Commissioner, $45,637,400,000, to remain 7 available until September 30, 2031: Provided, That these amounts shall be in addition to amounts otherwise available for such purposes.”  

Page 39 of the bill includes a section entitled “Operations Support.”

It says:

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“For necessary expenses of the Internal Revenue Service to support taxpayer services and enforcement programs, including rent payments; facilities services; printing; postage; 16 physical security; headquarters and other IRS-wide administration activities; research and statistics of income; telecommunications; information technology development, enhancement, operations, maintenance, and security; the hire of passenger motor vehicles (31 U.S.C. 1343(b)); the operations of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board; and other services as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3109, such rates as may be determined by the Commissioner, $25,326,400,000, to remain available until September 30, 2031: Provided, That these amounts shall be in addition to amounts otherwise available for such purposes.”

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