LETTER: Claims of 87,000 IRS agents targeting citizens were false

To Ozaukee Press:

A letter to the editor in the Sept. 8 issue of the Ozaukee Press, “It’s inevitable that IRS hiring will lead to gulags and guillotines,” made wild assertions about the IRS. These assertions need to be corrected.

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) includes about $80 billion in new spending to supplement, not replace, the current IRS funding. The bill does not mention that the agency will hire 87,000 new agents specifically tasked with audits, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury says these claims are false.

Additionally, the IRS is expecting a large number of employees to leave in the next 10 years and will hire new staff to fill those roles. At least 50,000 staff members will leave or retire from the agency in the next five years alone, according to the Treasury Department.

Those staff members work in various departments throughout the IRS and aren’t tasked with only enforcement. The addition of new employees won’t mean increased audits for middle-class Americans, according to the Treasury and IRS. New staff will be hired to improve taxpayer services, as well as experienced auditors who can take on corporate and high-end tax evaders without increasing audit rates relative to historical norms for people earning under $400,000 each year.

John A. Gerold



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