September 26, 2022

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) said on “Fox News Sunday” this week that people who pay their taxes shouldn’t be worried about the Democratic bill that strengthens enforcement at the IRS.

Partially transcribed as follows:

HOST MIKE EMANUEL: The bill also includes $80 billion to strengthen enforcement at the IRS. Here’s Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell.


SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): American families don’t want tens of thousands more IRS agents. What they like is more border guards and ICE agents.


EMANUEL: I know you’re working hard to improve this very unpopular service, but, senator, the rich have accountants and powerful lawyers.

Worried that increased enforcement will only end up hurting middle and working class Americans?

CARDIN: You’re right. I have worked with Republicans and Democrats to try to modernize the IRS.

Most Americans pay their taxes. Most Americans have their taxes deducted from their paychecks, and paying their fair share of taxes is never an issue.

But for those with complex incomes, those with high incomes, they are the ones escaping. It is estimated that we leak $1 trillion in tax revenue each year. I think most Americans want a level playing field. They want to pay their taxes but they want everyone else to pay theirs. So I think this is a fair situation. The IRS desperately needs help, and this bill gives them the help they need.

EMANUEL: Let me continue there. Can you see how 87,000 new IRS agents would scare the hell out of millions of Americans?

CARDIN: Well, millions of Americans are not going to be affected by this, other than getting better service from the IRS, answering their phone, getting the questions they need to comply with our tax laws. The audit will focus on those with high incomes, large companies, etc. So there is no reason to be afraid. And if you paid your taxes and if you obey our laws, you should want to make sure that everyone else does.

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