(Headline USA) A former IRS whistleblower said this week that Democrats’ massive spending bill, which significantly expands the scope and size of the IRS, will target middle class Americans with new audits.
William Henck, who worked for the IRS for 30 years before being forced out after making allegations of internal malfeasance, said increasing the size of the IRS will only hurt lower and middle income-earners. He pushed back on Democrats’ arguments that adding 87,000 new IRS agents won’t affect those making under $400,000 per year, calling that an inevitable consequence of the bill.
“The idea that they’re going to open things up and go after these big billionaires and large corporations is quite frankly bulls–t,” Henck told Fox Business. “It’s not going to happen. They’re going to give themselves bonuses and promotions and really nice conferences.”
“The big corporations and the billionaires are probably sitting back laughing right now,” he continued.
Henck added that he thinks it’s “insane” to double the IRS budget, saying the agency will target businesses that don’t have enough money to hire powerful Washington lobbyists.
“There will be considerable incentive to basically to shake down taxpayers, and the advantage the IRS has is they have basically unlimited resources and no accountability, whereas a taxpayer has to weigh the cost of accountants, tax lawyers — fighting something in tax court,” Henck said.
When he was at the IRS, Henck said he watched IRS agents specifically target elderly taxpayers because they could easily be forced into settlements.
“I protested both internally and externally, but I was ignored,” he said. “In their last days on Earth, these taxpayers were being bullied by the same government they had fought for as young men and no one cared.”