You might want to sit down for this one.

If you thought the IRS was just a necessary yet uncomfortable part of American life, here’s some more evidence that it’s simply an arm of the United States government that deserves to be excised.

The IRS  just admitted that it audits the working poor at about the same rate as the wealthiest 1 percent.  Here’s why, according to ProPublica:

…the IRS said, auditing poor taxpayers is a lot easier: The agency uses relatively low-level employees to audit returns for low-income taxpayers who claim the earned income tax credit. The audits — of which there were about 380,000 last year, accounting for 39 percent of the total the IRS conducted — are done by mail and don’t take too much staff time, either. They are “the most efficient use of available IRS examination resources,” Rettig’s report says.

On the other hand, auditing the rich is hard. It takes senior auditors hours upon hours to complete an exam. What’s more, the letter says, “the rate of attrition is significantly higher among these more experienced examiners.” As a result, the budget cuts have hit this part of the IRS particularly hard.

For now, the IRS says, while it agrees auditing more wealthy taxpayers would be a good idea, without adequate funding there’s nothing it can do. “Congress must fund and the IRS must hire and train appropriate numbers of [auditors] to have appropriately balanced coverage across all income levels,” the report said.

Let me get this straight.  The IRS needs more money so it can harass more taxpayers, especially wealthy ones.  Even though there has been zero reform of the IRS since they were found to have unconstitutionally harassed tea party groups?  More money for the IRS?  

How about we abolish the IRS?  The IRS has been weaponized against patriotic. Americans, religious Americans, poor Americans, and wealthy Americans.

Certainly, both the left and right can agree that this in unacceptable.  Instead of giving it more money – really, imagine the gall to even ask that — let’s get rid of it altogether.

Abolishing the IRS is the only way to get rid of this cancerous government entity.  

And it couldn’t happen to nicer people.

Hat Tip: ProPublica

(U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Joshua Chapman)

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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