Florida Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis told Dana Loesch during an interview on her radio show Wednesday that he has a plan to abolish the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) using congressional measures.
In confirmation that he supports a flat tax, DeSantis said, "I think the IRS is a corrupt organization and I think it’s not a friend to the average citizen or taxpayer ... we need something totally different.”
"I’ve supported all of the single rate proposals," he continued. "I think they would be a huge improvement over the current system and I would be welcoming to take this tax system, chunk it out the window and do something that’s more favorable to the average folks.”
According to Becker News, the Governor has been critical, in the past, about President Biden's plan to expand the agency. He described the move as a "middle finger to the American public."
“Of all the things that have come out of Washington that have been outrageous, this has got to be pretty close to the top,” he said. "They are going to go after independent contractors, they’re going to go after small business people, they’re going to go after someone that may be driving an Uber or a handyman or all these things.”
"Why would they do that?" DeSantis questioned. "Because you’re not going to be able to contend with the audit, so they’re going to crush a lot of people by doing that."
In a poll conducted in August, 33 percent of respondents said they felt the new agents would be used to "audit middle-class Americans and small businesses." 31.6% said they would be used to "audit wealthy Americans and large corporations," and 15.9% said they would be used to "target the political opponents of those in power."
A recruitment video showed the new IRS trainees how to take down a small business owner who "failed to properly report how he paid for his vehicles." The video was intended to show students what being an IRS special agent entails, the IRS website said.
Another form of expanding involvement of the IRS in the lives of everyday Americans is arguably seen with the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which requires payment processors such as Paypal and CashApp to report user earnings over $600 to the IRS.
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