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Sen. Ron Wyden rebukes GOP over IRS funding claims, calls them dangerous

Added 08-12-22 09:22:02am EST - “The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee criticized Republicans Friday for airing "incendiary conspiracy theories" about $80 billion in new IRS funding that will allow the revenue agency to hire tens of thousands of new employees.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Sen. Ron Wyden rebukes GOP over IRS funding claims, calls them dangerous”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee criticized Republicans Friday for airing “incendiary conspiracy theories” about $80 billion in new IRS funding that will allow the revenue agency to hire tens of thousands of new employees.

Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, accused GOP figures of saying “shockingly irresponsible things” about the funding, which is part of President Biden’s tax and climate bill.

Treasury officials say audit rates will not rise for persons making less than $400,000 per year, though conservatives say everyday Americans will be put through the wringer at tax time.

“Given the social media chatter we’re already seeing, it’s all too easy to imagine individuals using these conspiracy theories as justification for violence against public servants and their families,” Mr. Wyden said. “It’s unbelievable that we even need to say this, but there are not going to be 87,000 armed IRS agents going door-to-door with assault weapons. This is funding for answering phone calls and upgrading computer systems.”

The House is set to vote to pass the major legislation on Friday. The Senate passed the bill with only Democratic votes last weekend, so it is on track to reach Mr. Biden’s desk.

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