Some 49% of American voters believe that the 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service agents to be hired by the Biden administration will target either the middle class or President Joe Biden’s political opponents, a poll found. Democrats believe the agents will be focused on wealthy people, contrary to Biden’s claims.
A Trafalgar Group survey released on Tuesday showed that 33% believed agents would soon be hired. “audit middle class Americans and small businesses.”That was 31% of respondents. “wealthy Americans and large corporations”target, and 16% stated that the real purpose of hiring new agents is to “target the political opponents of those in power.”
49% of Democrats cited wealthy Americans as targets, and 15% referred to the middle classes. Republicans have the numbers almost in reverse. More than half of Republicans believe that wealthy Americans and small-business owners will be targeted. Only 16% claim that only the wealthy will be audited.
Trafalgar found that only 11% reported to Trafalgar seeing the agents used against their political opponents. That compares to 19% among Republicans.
The IRS’ hiring spree will be funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, which was signed into law by Biden earlier this month. The $739 billion spending bill is, despite its title, a $739 Billion package. According to the Congressional Budget Office, it will add around $20 billion to the tax burden of the middle class over the next decade. “negligible”This year’s inflation impact.
Biden maintains that heightened tax enforcement will offset his administration’s aggressive spending and reduce the federal budget deficit. Republicans argue that with the agency’s budget increasing by $80 billion, the IRS will put the squeeze on ordinary Americans.
Time magazine published earlier this month that 87,000 employees won’t all be auditors. However, most of them will fill vacant or soon to become vacant positions. In total, the agency’s workforce will grow by between 20,000 and 30,000, the magazine added.
Biden has also been accused of using federal agencies to attack his political opponents, including the IRS. In the aftermath of an FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate, as well as allegations that FBI agents buried information damaging to the Biden campaign in 2020, a Rasmussen poll taken earlier this month found that 53% of Americans now view the agency as “Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo.”
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