Fiscal policy

Matt Welch: Dems Want To Spend Your Money To Take More of Your Money

Editor at Large Matt Welch gives a reality check on the new IRS measures inside the Inflation Reduction Act.


The climate, health care, and tax bill known as the Inflation Reduction Act that was recently passed in the Senate allocates $80 billion to expand the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with the aim of bringing in hundreds of billions of dollars in additional tax revenue. 

A little more than half of the $80 billion is dedicated to increased tax enforcement, and some estimates suggest it will be used to hire nearly 87,000 IRS agents over the next decade, although not all of those hires will represent new, additional staff positions. 

Democrats say the goal is to raise an additional $200 billion in revenue through more aggressive tax enforcement, which they claim will be focused on the wealthy. Further, they say that new enforcement measures won't affect taxpayers who make less than $400,00 a year—even though Democrats explicitly voted down an amendment that would have enshrined that policy into law. 

So, is this really just a plan to spend more money catching rich tax evaders? Or will the agency's new enforcement budget and expanded headcount inevitably lead to more audits of low- and middle-income taxpayers?

That's the topic of this week's episode of The Reason Rundown With Peter Suderman, featuring Reason Editor at Large Matt Welch.

Mentioned in this podcast:

"IRS Controversially Claims Hiring 87,000 New Agents Won't Mean Higher Audit Rate for the Middle Class," by Liz Wolfe

"Dems Want To Soak the Rich by Snooping on the Poor," by Matt Welch

"Biden's Total Financial Surveillance," by Matt Welch

"Biden Won't Close the 'Tax Gap,' but He Will Snoop on Your Bank Records," by Matt Welch

Audio production and editing by Ian Keyser; produced by Hunt Beaty