Mark Kelly Misleadingly Claims 87,000 IRS Agents Will Not Increase Audits of Middle-Class Americans

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    Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) claims that the funding of 87,000 more IRS agents would not lead to the targeting of middle-class Americans.

    This is false. A study concluded that the increase in funding will target middle-class Americans.

    “We need folks in government to go after businesses and the wealthiest Americans that cheat on their taxes. They have armies of accountants and lawyers,” Kelly said during a debate held on Thursday night.

    Blake Masters, Kelly's Republican candidate, slammed the Democrat for supporting the proposed $700 billion Inflation Reduction Act, which will provide 87,000 IRS agents.

    “They’re not just going after billionaires, they’re not just going after big business, they’re going to be auditing you, auditing your small businesses this time next year. Sen. Kelly voted for 87,000 new IRS agents in the Inflation Reduction Act,” Masters declared in the course of the debate.

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), an agency that is non-partisan, discovered that Masters was correct. The CBO discovered that the Inflation Reduction Act would take over 20 billion dollars from working-class Americans who earn less than $400,000 a year.

    The study comes as President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats have incorrectly stated that the Inflation Reduction Act wouldn’t take action against Americans who earn less than $400,000 annually.

    Breitbart News' John Binder reported that “In fact, no such language exists in the bill prohibiting the IRS from going after working and middle-class Americans with the new funding. This has resulted in Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen begging the IRS not to use the $80 billion to target Americans earning less than $400,000.”

    However, Senate Democrats, including Kelly, opposed an amendment proposed by Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) that would have prohibited the IRS from targeting middle-class Americans and would have only targeted wealthy Americans.

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