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Arizona residents are expressing their displeasure with billions of dollars designated to strengthen IRS enforcement as part of the massive tax and social spending bill backed by Democrats that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., agreed to Thursday afternoon.
Sinema announced that it would “move forward” with the bill, as it is officially called the Inflation Reduction Acthaving previously indicated changes would have to be made for her to agree to support him.
Fox News Digital spoke with several residents on the streets of Arizona to get their thoughts on the billions in IRS funding included in the bill. They expressed their displeasure that the federal government would go to such great lengths to “go after the little guy.”
“To tell you the truth, I don’t like that part of it,” said resident Willis Daychild, who said he agreed with the bill’s aims overall. “They’re going to be out there trying to find all the people who haven’t filed their taxes. Usually the little guy, they’re getting their hands slapped off their taxes.”
Resident Gary Kuznia agreed, arguing that the IRS would use the money to “go after” the less wealthy rather than the wealthy.
“No, they are just going to go after the little guy. They really will. And they are not going to go after the rich. Ever. Or else they would have already done it because they are not pay their fair share of taxes right now,” he said.
“Little people like me – you know, I’m retired, and I hate to see that. I really do. I’ve been an accountant all my life, and I don’t want to see that . And I hope they don’t want to. . They’re going to hunt down the little guy, people who make less money, and make them pay. Because they have to pay for this bill. How are they going to pay for the this bill?” he said.
Resident Richard Carrillo said he supported the bill, but seemed hesitant about the IRS funding that would lead to additional audits. “I do not know about the inspections, but if it is to support and help people then say yes,” he said.
“No, no, not at all. I know taxes kind of make the United States go round and round, but right now there are a lot of working class people who pay their dues, but I mean, they don’t have to. audit,” said resident Richard Carrillo. “That money can be spent somewhere else. So, I think that’s a waste of money, to give it to the IRS so they can bring more audits and things like that.”
Another resident who wished to remain anonymous argued that the money designated for the IRS was “too large” in amount, and that taxes should be handled at a more local level rather than the federal government.
The IS The Senate is scheduled to reconvene Saturday vote to start a debate on the bill, which is expected to succeed with the support of all Democrats.