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Report: IRS Brass Admits They Target the Poor Because It’s ‘Too Expensive’ and ‘Difficult’ to Audit Rich People

Obama not only ruined the intel community, he also destroyed the IRS – as if it wasn’t already a pile of garbage – he made it worse.

When Obama decided to “weaponize” these agencies and use them against the American people, he forever changed their focus and the way they operate.

Remember when the IRS was targeting the Tea Party as part of a political retaliation for cutting off Obama’s power through elections, voting, and other successful grassroots efforts?

Nobody went to jail for that…Just another terrible scandal that Obama got away with because Republicans are either too cowardly to fight back, or they secretly agree and support the Democrat agenda.

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Either way, we lose.

Now, we’re learning the bullies over at the IRS are targeting the working poor with audits, fines, and penalties because it’s easy to go after them – they don’t have the resources to fight back like rich people do.

Have you ever heard of anything more “elitist” and privileged than this garbage?

The federal government is literally soaking the poor because they don’t want to spend the time or money to go after all the rich people.

Bonus, the IRS also admits they use their low-skilled workers to go after the working poor because senior auditors are too darn pricey.

So, basically, we’re sitting ducks and the IRS is the hunter – cocked, loaded and ready to rip and there’s nothing we can do about it, unless we want to spend a couple hundred thousand retaining lawyers.

Got it.

The IRS audits the working poor at about the same rate as the wealthiest 1%. Now, in response to questions from a U.S. senator, the IRS has acknowledged that’s true but professes it can’t change anything unless it is given more money.

ProPublica reported the disproportionate audit focus on lower-income families in April. Lawmakers confronted IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig about the emphasis, citing our stories, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked Rettig for a plan to fix the imbalance. Rettig readily agreed.

Last month, Rettig replied with a report, but it said the IRS has no plan and won’t have one until Congress agrees to restore the funding it slashed from the agency over the past nine years — something lawmakers have shown little inclination to do.

On the one hand, the IRS said, auditing poor taxpayers is a lot easier: The agency uses relatively low-level employees to audit returns for low-income taxpayers who claim the earned income tax credit. The audits — of which there were about 380,000 last year, accounting for 39% of the total the IRS conducted — are done by mail and don’t take too much staff time, either. They are “the most efficient use of available IRS examination resources,” Rettig’s report says. [Proud Publica]

When the IRS audits the rich, they need to use senior auditors who work hours and hours to complete an exam, which costs the IRS too much money.

So, it’s easier to use he low-skilled workers to go after he hard working guy that is trying to make ends meet, and squeeze a few more nickels out of him.

That’s the mentality. 

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The IRS says it will remain this way until Congress gives them more money.

On the other hand, auditing the rich is hard. It takes senior auditors hours upon hours to complete an exam. What’s more, the letter says, “the rate of attrition is significantly higher among these more experienced examiners.” As a result, the budget cuts have hit this part of the IRS particularly hard.

For now, the IRS says, while it agrees auditing more wealthy taxpayers would be a good idea, without adequate funding there’s nothing it can do. “Congress must fund and the IRS must hire and train appropriate numbers of [auditors] to have appropriately balanced coverage across all income levels,” the report said. [Proud Publica]

So the IRS needs more of our money, in order to properly attack us?

Congress agrees that the IRS needs more money, but also went on to say that does not eliminate the need for the agency to begin reversing the alarming trend of plummeting audit rates of the wealthy within its current budget.

Um, I’m gonna guess this trend won’t stop anytime soon.

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