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FACT CHECK: Republicans Are Spreading Lies About IRS Funding

Republicans have been spreading a lie that the Inflation Reduction Act will hire 87,000 new IRS agents. The reality is, that the bill provides funds to bring on 87,000 new *employees* — many of whom would work in tech or administration, not enforcement, and would merely replace retiring workers. Here’s what Republicans are saying.

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    • Inflation Reduction Act
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FACT CHECK: Republicans Are Spreading Lies About IRS Funding
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    Graham Leads the Charge Against IRS

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argues against the Inflation Reduction Act’s IRS funding, which is intended to go after wealthy tax cheats: “Every year I’m going to try to rescind the spending for the IRS and send it to the border.”

    Sen. Graham (R-SC) argues against IRS enforcement funding, which is intended to go after wealthy tax cheats.

    Sen. Graham (R-SC) argues against IRS enforcement funding, which is intended to go after wealthy tax cheats.

    This is bigger than the British army. So my believe is that we probably need a bigger British Army in a smaller IRS. So what am I going to do …

    Grassley Baselessly Speculates About IRS

    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) speculates on what the IRS will do with their increase in funding from the Inflation Reduction Act: “Are they going to have a strike force that goes in with AK-15s … ready to shoot some small business person in Iowa?”

    Fox News Presses the White House

    Pressed by Fox News’ Peter Doocy, WH Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre promises the new IRS funding in the Inflation Reduction Act will only be used to target wealthy tax cheats.

    Kennedy Fear-Mongers on Fox

    Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) goes on Fox News to fear-monger about “more people living in a tent behind Whataburger.”

    McGovern Calls Out GOP

    Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) calls out Republicans for misrepresenting the number of new IRS agents that the Inflation Reduction Act would bring on: “What the hell are they talking about?”

    Let’s Fact Check

    Check out this article that puts false claims about the IRS and IRA to rest.

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