September 25, 2022

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Democrat) said on this week’s “Fox News Sunday” broadcast that people who pay their taxes should not worry about the Democrats’ bill that tightens enforcement of the IRS.

Partial version as follows:

Host Mike Emanuel: The bill also includes $80 billion to strengthen law enforcement in the IRS. Here’s Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

(start a video)

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY): American families don’t want tens of thousands of IRS agents. What they like are more border guards and ICE clients.

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Emmanuel: I know you’ve been working hard to improve this unpopular agency, but Senator, the rich have high-level accountants and lawyers.

Do you worry that heavy law enforcement will only harm working- and middle-class Americans?

Cardin: You’re fine. I’ve worked with Republicans and Democrats to try and modernize the IRS.

Most Americans pay their taxes. Most Americans’ taxes are deducted from their payroll and there is absolutely no question of them paying their fair share of taxes.

But for those who have a complex income, those who have a high income, it is they who run away. It is estimated that we have a trillion-dollar drop in tax collection each year. I think most Americans want a level playing field. They want to pay their taxes but they want everyone else to pay their taxes. So I think that’s a fair situation. The IRS desperately needs help and this law gives them the help they need.

Emmanuel: Let me continue there. Can you understand how the 87,000 new IRS agents could intimidate millions of Americans?

Cardin: Well, millions of Americans wouldn’t be affected by that other than getting better service from the IRS, having their phones answered, and getting the questions they need in order to comply with our tax laws. The audit will focus on high-income earners, large companies, etc. So, there is no reason to be afraid. And if you pay your taxes and if you comply with our laws, you need to make sure everyone does.

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