Joe Biden and the Democrats successfully enacted the Inflation Reduction Act this month without a single Republican vote and a major part of the legislation dedicates $80 billion to the world’s most powerful tax collection agency. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is set to embark on a hiring spree that will bring 87,000 new agents on board in order to put enforcement and collection into overdrive against Americans.
Most tax experts believe that the expansion of audits will be widespread and hard-hitting. Biden claimed that audits will be reserved for big earners making more than $400,000 annually. When Senate Republicans attempted to put that promise in the text of the law, every single Senate Democrat voted against the amendment.
The IRS has already begun new recruiting efforts by showing college students what the experience of taking down a tax target feels like.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) posted tweets last week showing how the expansion of the IRS enforcement brigade may not benefit ordinary Americans. He shared a clip of the IRS’s “Adrian Project” that is designed to enhance recruiting new agents.
In case you thought the IRS needed 87,000 more agents to help you with your tax returns and audit billionaires, watch this: Highlights from the IRS Adrian recruiting project.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) August 17, 2022
Massie tweeted a clip of highlights on Friday showing a recruiting scenario where a landscape business owner is targeted for failing to “properly report how he paid for his vehicles,” not “taking down a billionaire who uses a corporate jet for private trips.”
The clip showed an IRS event at Dixie State University in Utah which was reported by the school. IRS Special Agent Elizabeth Lam told the producers of the video that the agency’s criminal investigators are trained in firearms use, armed entry into buildings, execution of search warrants, and making arrests.
The Adrian Project is described by the IRS as its attempt to make working for the agency seem interesting to students. The official website says that the project classes simulate actual criminal investigations. Students are given a mock swearing-in ceremony and are dressed out in tactical gear before using prop guns and equipment to enact arrests and other enforcement activities.
Students are also introduced to forensic accounting, interrogation tactics, and surveillance methods.
The corporate media has gone to some lengths this month to attempt to divert attention away from reporting on the IRS’s college recruiting plans to fill out its newly expanded roster. Reuters has gone so far as to “fact-check” Massie’s tweets in an effort to deflect his point that the IRS is certainly expanding its enforcement capabilities.
National Taxpayers Union Foundation executive vice president Joe Hinchman pointed out that the Inflation Reduction Act will not be relying on only going after huge corporations and rich tax evaders. He said, “The IRS will have to target small and medium businesses because they won’t fight back.”