Republican Senator Rick Scott has warned Americans don’t apply for new IRS jobs because he says his party will defund them if he takes over Congress later this year.
Scott of Florida and head of the Republican National Senatorial Committee, also misrepresented the nature of the positions in various ways. He stated in a open letter that Democrats planned to “defund the real police and create an IRS super-police force.”
That, Scott said, “would not be tolerated by the American people.”
But such claims, in response to Democrats including funding for new IRS functions in their new domestic spending bill, have been debunked.
In reference to the spending provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), signed by Joe Biden this week, he wrote: “Democrats in Congress recently passed a bill…that provides $80 billion in additional taxpayer money and dramatically increases the IRS workforce by adding approximately 87,000 new agents.
“…This massive expansion of the IRS will make it bigger than the Pentagon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Customs and Border Protection, and the state department combined.”
According to polymath: “If the IRS hired all 87,000 new employees at once, and none of the existing employees left the agency, the IRS would still have about 34,000 fewer employees than the Pentagon, the State Department, the FBI, and the Customs and Customs Office. US Border Protection combined, based on best available figures.”
Scott also stated that “the IRS is making it very clear that you must not only be ready to audit and investigate your fellow hardworking Americans, your neighbors and friends, you must be ready and, to use the words of the IRS, willingTo kill them”.
As alleged evidence, he included an ad with his letter to voters that political fact-checkers say is being grossly misrepresented. The job posting, for IRS criminal investigation agents (a very specific role within the agency), said applicants must be “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”
The Associated Press statement of the announcement:
“A legitimate job advertisement for special agents within the small IRS law enforcement division working on criminal investigations is being misrepresented online, officials and experts say. The job description does not apply to most of the potential new employees the IRS will hire in the next few years. The vast majority of IRS workers are not armed.”
Regarding the actual use of the new funds, NBC News reported a memo from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig that said the new funds would be used to “enforce tax laws against high-net-worth individuals, large corporations, and complex partnerships that today pay a lot less than what they owe.
Scott is a high net worth individual. In 1997, his health care company settled for $1.7 billion over federal billing charges and fraudulent practices. What reported Per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Scott emerged “with $300 million in stock, $5.1 million in severance pay and a five-year $950,000-per-year consulting contract.”
On Thursday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group, said: “Hmm, we wonder why the richest man in Congress is so opposed to more IRS agents.”
Scott also told voters that the new IRS positions will not “provide you with the long-term job stability that you can expect… Put another way, this is going to be a short-term job.
“Republicans will take over the House and Senate in January, and I can promise you that we will do everything in our power immediately to defund this senseless and unwarranted expansion of government in the lives of the American people.”
Republicans are favored to prosper in the November midterm elections, as the opposition often does in a president’s first term. But the successes, including the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, may have increased the Democrats’ chances of occupying one or both houses of Congress.