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Obama Asks For 5,100 More IRS Agents

From an approving Reuters:

IRS would get 5,100 new agents under Obama budget

By Kim Dixon
Mon Feb 14, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Internal Revenue Service would get an additional 5,100 agents under President Barack Obama’s increased budget request, setting up a clash with Republicans who advocate cuts for the tax collection agency.

Obama’s 2012 budget proposal, released on Monday, calls for a $1.13 billion, or 9.4 percent, funding increase for the IRS for fiscal 2012, to $13.28 billion for fiscal 2012. Adding the extra agents would only amount to about a 5 percent increase in manpower to 100,537.

The request includes a $460 million increase for tax enforcement programs such as those targeting offshore tax evasion, over 2010 levels

Could this be the first wave of the 16,500 IRS new agents that some have estimated it will take to ‘enforce’ Obama-care?

Republicans, who took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November’s congressional elections, view the IRS with suspicion and want to slash millions of dollars from the agency.

Treasury Department officials said the increase in the enforcement budget would result in increased tax collections of about $1.3 billion annually once the new hires reach their full potential in fiscal 2014.

Sure it will. But by this logic, why don’t we just hire a million new tax collectors and do away with the budget deficit entirely?

The IRS under Commissioner Douglas Shulman, appointed by former President George W. Bush but kept on by Obama, has beefed up enforcement against tax cheats in recent years, with a focus on high net-worth individuals and the banks that aid them

The media always tries to exploit the Democrat’s class warfare by claiming that the IRS is only going after the high rollers and fat cats. In truth, those are the last people who have anything to worry about.

Just ask any small businessman, and chances are he has been audited in recent years, as part of the Obama administration’s redoubled efforts to get still more blood out of the taxpaying turnips.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Obama Asks For 5,100 More IRS Agents”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Yes we need more government employees. Truly that’s the key to attaining prosperity in this (once) great nation which has now been handed over to a juvenile delinquent whose main goal is to bleed the public dry of any/all money. Problem is, when you get done with the bleeding, you’re left with a corpse and no goods or services being rendered. In other words, “With socialism, the problem is that you eventually run out of other people’s money”. And the problem isn’t really that taxpayers’ aren’t paying their fair share and need to be audited; It’s that 52% of Americans don’t pay taxes at all!

  2. proreason says:

    Eliminate the IRS. Make tax compliance 100% voluntary.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Well, it says right here on my tax form “Thank You For Voluntarily Complying”

    • proreason says:

      And you will voluntarilly buy ObamyCare insurance as well. Because you know how good it will be for you, and because you want to support Obamy voters.

    • GetBackJack says:

      I’ve never understood how an AMERICAN CITIZEN could work for the IRS. How can they face themselves in the mirror? What kind of warped and twisted soul must it be that would VOLUNTARILY bring themselves into the employ of a satanic collection of coercion, venality and frank treason?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      (from Muslim Michigan?)

  4. BillK says:

    Remember when media pundits were laughing about how many IRS agents it would take to enforce ObamaCare?

    Yet now we see the first step.

    Funny how that works…

  5. canary says:

    Another reason for hiring more IRS agents is to save a few million dollars a year, to put towards Obama’s
    100 Billion dollars Pell Grants cuts from students. Obama, liberals, & the unions will spin this after the election and blame the Republicans on his actions.

    When he recently spoke to the country that times were different and children would have to go to college to make it. Biden even said free education “cradle” to college) when should always expect Obama to do the opposite. It’s Obama’s muslim roots that taught him to smile as he cuts the necks of America.

    Meanwhile 2 U.S. border agents were murdered today, but this isn’t significant. Will their names appear on NASA rockets?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Not if they have American anywhere near there names.
      Or if they were Americans……or if they believed in America……or……

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