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:
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.