‘Taking Down A Landscape Business Owner’: GOP Rep Sounds The Alarm On Viral IRS Training Video

Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky posted a video showing potential IRS agents training Friday and urged Americans to notice a billionaire wasn’t the target.

“Notice the scenario in this IRS recruiting program is ‘taking down a landscape business owner who failed to properly report how he paid for his vehicles,’ not ‘taking down a billionaire who uses the corporate jet for private trips,’” Massie posted.

The video showed potential IRS agents undergoing training in how to arrest someone suspected of tax evasion. In the scenario shown on the video, the suspected offender was the owner of a landscaping business who allegedly bought vehicles with funds not reported as part of the business.

The six-minute video by the Community Education Channel was posted on YouTube on April 1, 2022. The IRS Adrian Project was at Utah Tech University, then called Dixie State University, to recruit potential IRS agents, according to a release.

Legislation signed by President Joe Biden will provide the IRS with $80 billion to hire 87,000 new agents. Republicans and conservatives have been critical of the expansion, saying that the agents will target small businesses.

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Democrats claim the new agents will target billionaires, but Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, noted that every Democrat voted against an amendment to limit audits to those making over $400,000 a year.

Criticism of the IRS also centered around the reported targeting of conservative groups and leaks of taxpayer data to ProPublica, a left-wing media outlet, in 2013 and 2021. Lois Lerner, a central figure in the allegations of targeting conservative groups, escaped criminal charges.

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