A report released by the IRS this week indicates that a sizeable portion of the agency’s recent cash windfall is being dedicated to audits, while the study does not specify how these changes would affect normal taxpayers.
The Inflation Reduction Act, just signed into law by VP Joe Biden, boosts the Internal Revenue Service’s budget by $80 billion (IRS). Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has stated that this money would be used to modernize the nation’s information technology infrastructure and make filing taxes easier for individuals and small companies. A study by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration notes that the Treasury has not yet established how the available measures made possible by the money would influence audit rates for middle-income taxpayers.
The article states that $45.6 billion has been allocated to “identify and collect taxes owing” under the Inflation Reduction Act. An estimated $3.5 billion would be set aside to offer taxpayers “filing and account services, pre-filing help, and education,” while another $4.5 billion would be “invested” in customer service technology using modernizing internal systems.
Given these priorities, the agency plans to allocate 69% of its additional budget toward enforcement and 91% toward improved public service over the next decade. The extra funds might be put toward everything from equipment repairs to whole new pieces.
This extra money won’t be used to “raise audit rates” for low-income American households with yearly incomes of less than $400,000, despite Yellen’s past remarks to the contrary. Unfortunately, she left out the fact that the audit rate for households with annual incomes of $25,000 to $200,000 dropped by 76% between 2010 and 2019.
According to a study by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, neither the Internal Revenue Service nor the Treasury Department has adopted the report’s suggested improvements “delays in eligibility determination caused by the audit level and the $400,000 income barrier have been fixed.
While the organization is not at an “imminent risk” of folding, “staff attrition and hiring difficulties may impede its capacity to complete additional audits.” “on the government’s public statements.
A letter from the House Ways and Means Committee, acquired by The Daily Wire, states that audits will begin “when they collect the statistics.”
During an interview with The Daily Wire, Missouri Republican and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith said that “top bureaucrats at the IRS are huddling over how to spend their $80 billion windfall, and what technicalities they can use to justify auditing families and small businesses at a time when Americans are facing the double threat of sky-high inflation and an economy in recession.” The number of middle-class households that would be affected by the audit program proposed by Vice President Biden and Treasury Secretary Yellen should be made public. Because of the greatest inflation rate in 40 years, an audit by the Internal Revenue Service is unnecessary.