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Arizona residents are expressing their displeasure with the billions of dollars designated for boosting IRS enforcement as part of the massive Democrat-backed social spending and taxation bill agreed to by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., late Thursday evening.
Sinema announced she would “move forward” with the bill, officially called the Inflation Reduction Act, after previously signaling changes would have to be made in order for her to agree to supporting it.
Fox News Digital spoke to a number of residents on the streets of Arizona to get their take on the billions in IRS funding contained within the bill. They expressed displeasure that the federal government would commit such a large amount to “go after the little guy.”
“I don’t like that to tell you the truth, that portion of it,” said resident Willis Daychild, who said that he agreed with the aims of the bill overall. “They’re going to be out there trying to find all the people that have not filed their taxes. Usually the little guy, they’re the one’s getting their hands slapped for their taxes.”
Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., departs from the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2021. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Resident Gary Kuznia agreed, arguing the IRS would use the money to “go after” less wealthy people rather than the rich.
“No, they’re just going to go after the little guy. They really will. And they’re never going to go after the rich people. Never. Or else they would have done it already because they’re not paying their fair share of taxes right now,” he said.
“Little guys like me — you know, I’m retired, and I hate to see that. I really do. I was an accountant all my life, and I don’t want to see that. And I hope they don’t. They’re going to hunt 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 this bill?” he added.
Resident Richard Carrillo said he supported the bill, but appeared hesitant about the IRS funding going to boost additional auditing. “I don’t know about the audits, but if it’s going to support and help people then I say yes,” he said.
This photo taken April 13, 2014 shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
“No, no, no, not at all. I know taxes kind of make the U.S. go round and round, but at this point there’s a lot of working class people that pay their dues, but I mean, they don’t need to be audited,” said resident Richard Carrillo. “That money can be spent somewhere else. So yeah I think that is a waste of money, giving it to the IRS so that they can give more audits and stuff like that.”
Another resident who wished to remain unnamed argued the money designated for the IRS was “too large” of an amount, and that taxes should be handled at a more local level rather than by the federal government.
The Senate is scheduled to reconvene Saturday to vote to begin debate on the bill, which is expected to pass with the support of every Democrat.
Brandon Gillespie is an associate editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_cg.