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Going after ‘the little guy’: Arizonans oppose billions in IRS funding as Sinema says she will support bill

Going after 'the little guy': Arizonans oppose billions in IRS funding as Sinema says she will support bill

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Arizona residents express their dismay at the billions of dollars earmarked to boost IRS enforcement as part of the massive Democrat-backed social spending and tax bill passed late Thursday night by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

Sinema announced that she would “move forward” with the bill, officially called the Inflation Reduction Act, after previously stating that changes would need to be made before agreeing to support it.

Fox News Digital spoke to a number of residents on the streets of Arizona to get their thoughts on the billions in IRS funding included in the bill. They expressed their dismay that the federal government would commit such a large amount of money to “go after the little man”.

“I don’t like telling you the truth, that part of it,” said resident Willis Daychild, who said he generally agreed with the bill’s goals. “They’ll be there to find all the people who haven’t filed their taxes. Usually it’s the little guys who get their hands dirty for their taxes.”

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., departs from the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2021.
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Resident Gary Kuznia agreed, arguing that the IRS would use the money to “hunt” the less wealthy rather than the wealthy.

“No, they’re just going after the little guy. They really will. And they’re never going to go after the rich people. Never. Otherwise they would have done it already because they don’t pay their fair share of taxes now,” he said.

“Little guys like me – you know, I’m retired, and I hate to see that. Really. I’ve been an accountant all my life and I don’t want to see that. And I hope they don’t see that. They go hunting on the little guy, people who earn less, and make them pay. Because they have to pay this bill. How are they going to pay this bill?” he added.

Resident Richard Carrillo said he supported the bill but seemed hesitant about funding from the IRS that would encourage additional checks. “I don’t know about the audits, but if it’s going to support and help people, then I’ll say yes,” he said.

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This photo, taken on April 13, 2014, shows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters in Washington.

This photo, taken on April 13, 2014, shows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters in Washington.
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“No, no, no, not at all. I know taxes make the US go round and round, but right now there are a lot of working class people paying their dues, but I mean they don’t need to be monitored” said resident Richard Carrillo. “That money can be spent elsewhere. So yeah, I think that’s a waste of money, to give it to the IRS so they can do more audits and things like that.”

Another resident who wished to remain unnamed argued that the money earmarked for the IRS was “too large” and that taxes should be handled on a more local level rather than the federal government.

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The Senate will meet again on Saturday to vote to begin debate on the bill, which is expected to pass with the support of every Democrat.