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Noem Falsely Claims Increased IRS Funding Will Target Small Businesses

Sturgis must inspire this kind of anti-police rhetoric:

Kristi Noem was on quite the tear against law enforcement yesterday. Before tearing down the FBI, she ripped the tax police, suggesting that instead of spending $79.6 billion more to enforce our tax laws and make sure all Americans are paying their fair share, we should do more to fight Mexican drug dealers:

Kristi Noem, tweet about IRS and Mexican drug cartels, 2022.08.08.
Kristi Noem, tweet about IRS and Mexican drug cartels, 2022.08.08.

The Senate climate change/health care bill’s IRS provisions do not target small businesses. More than half of the nearly $80 billion allotted to the IRS will boost enforcement, reports CNBC, “to collect more from corporate and high-net-worth tax dodgers,” which is exactly what most regular taxpayers want to see:

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said the $80 billion in funding would not increase audits of households making less than $400,000 per year.

“The resources in the reconciliation package will get us back to historical norms in areas of challenge for the agency — large corporate and global high-net-worth taxpayers,” he wrote in a letter to the Senate.

“These resources are absolutely not about increasing audit scrutiny on small businesses or middle-income Americans,” he added.

More than two-thirds of registered voters support boosting the IRS budget to strengthen tax enforcement on high-income taxpayers, according to a 2021 poll from the University of Maryland [Kate Dore, “Reconciliation Bill Includes Nearly $80 Billion for IRS Including Enforcement, Audits: What That Means for Taxpayers,” CNBC, 2022.08.08].

The other new IRS funding will improve taxpayer services, including Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposal for a new free electronic filing system to make filing easier and cheaper for individual taxpayers.

So once again, when Republicans like Kristi Noem talk about protecting “small business”, they really mean their rich friends. Spending $80 billion on the IRS will increase the revenue we have to pay for important public services like investigating Mexican drug pushers, revenue that the rich friends who loan Kristi their jets currently hide from the IRS that those Republicans have deliberately underfunded.

In short, Noem is shouting Defund the Tax Police! to keep her rich friends rich and the public poor.


  1. larry kurtz 2022-08-09 08:26

    South Dakota’s culture of corruption is baked right into Pierre’s pay to play pie. Frank Farrar was the architect of South Dakota’s dynasty trust industry. Bill Janklow put it into law then Denny Sanford and Dana Dickhouse Dykwhatever bought the rights and sailed into the sunset. Mrs. Noem is simply the Ghislane Maxwell of South Dakota. Elitism in South Dakota is Denny Sanford and careers in usury get your names on an underground lab, public buildings and a football stadium. Citigroup was even fined $400 million for laundering nefarious proceeds.

  2. Loren 2022-08-09 08:56

    How does Kristi look so comfy in the saddle? You would think her derriere would be extremely sensitive after pulling all those “alternative facts” out of it every day!

  3. John 2022-08-09 09:05

    Noem and Rep Johnson need to visit IRS offices to see what congressional defunding and under-funding looks like.
    The IRS “modern” software is based on the 2001 Windows XP. The IRS system is held together with “Scotch tape and string”, according to one manager.
    Most of the IRS technology dates to the 1970s, with a brief, partial upgrade in the 90s making it Y2K compliant.
    In the Austin IRS center a “SCAMPS” machine opens and sorts incoming tax forms. The company that made the machine no longer exists. When SCAMPS breaks down one person, the only person capable in the Austin office fabricates replacement parts.

    The US income tax system is insane. The government, through withholding, mortgages, etc., knows almost exactly how much is owed or due for a refund. Yet, congress, through its defunding allows this costly tax charade to continue for generations.

  4. larry kurtz 2022-08-09 10:08

    South Dakota is 51st in women-owned businesses so how perceptive of Mrs. Noem to recognize men are shifty, sketchy and suspicious operators that warrant more scrutiny!

  5. Nick Nemec 2022-08-09 14:37

    A good portion of this increased funding will be used to update the computer system at the IRS. The current system predates the turn of the century and is held together with duct tape and baling wire.

  6. Vi Kingman 2022-08-09 14:45

    Just a deflection away from the FBI’s search of Trumps place. I bet she didn’t even read this before it was posted. Standard operation from the Republicans.
    What will it take for Noem to see what a corrupt guy Trump is?

  7. larry kurtz 2022-08-09 18:52

    Anyone else want to see federal agents raid the Governor’s office, seize Mrs Noem’s phone and devices?

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