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Video: Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA08)’s Remarks Opposing Republican Legislation To Protect Wealthy Tax Cheats

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From Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA08)’s office:

Beyer Remarks Opposing Republican Legislation To Protect Wealthy Tax Cheats

January 9, 2023 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, delivered the following remarks this evening during House floor debate on Republican legislation to eliminate Inflation Reduction Act funding to the IRS to improve customer service and boost tax enforcement:

“I rise in opposition to this absurd legislation.

The bill before us will cut the necessary investments to make the IRS more responsive to regular people, improve customer service, and work through the IRS backlog.

In exchange for making the IRS less responsive to the people, the bill will add an estimated $114 billion to the deficit, according to the CBO.

And why? My Republicans want us to believe that a horde of 87,000 armed federal tax agents are ready to kick in your doors for tax enforcement.

 

This is total nonsense, a fantasy, a fabrication that has been fact-checked over and over again and always found false.

The real reason they’re passing this bill is to protect wealthy tax cheats like the former president from having their tax returns scrutinized.

 

The richest one percent avoid paying over $100 billion every year because we don’t fund the IRS.

Republicans’ first priority is to help very rich tax evaders at the expense of their own regular American constituents.

I urge you to vote against this misguided legislation.”

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