Chasing ‘little guy’: Arizonans oppose billions in IRS funding as Sinema says she’ll back bill

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Arizona residents are expressing their displeasure over billions of dollars earmarked to bolster IRS enforcement under the massive social spending and tax bill backed by Democrats and endorsed by the senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, late Thursday night.

Sinema announced that she would “move forward” the bill, officially called the Cut Inflation Act, after previously signaling that changes would have to be made for her to agree to support it.

Fox News Digital spoke to a number of Arizona street dwellers to get their thoughts on the billions in IRS funding contained in the bill. They expressed their displeasure that the federal government would commit such a large sum to “go after the little guy”.

“I don’t like it to tell you the truth, that part of it,” said resident Willis Daychild, who said he agreed with the goals of the bill as a whole. “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 the ones who get slapped for their taxes.”

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, leaves 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 “go after” less wealthy people rather than the wealthy.

“No, they’ll just go after the little guy. They really will. And they’ll never go after the rich. Ever. Otherwise they would have done it already because they’re not paying their fair share taxes right 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 no.. They’re going to chase the little guys, the people who make less money, 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 that IRS funding would spur additional audits. “I don’t know about the audits, but if it’s going to support and help people, then I say yes,” he said.

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

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

Another resident who wished to remain anonymous argued that the money going to the IRS was “too much” and that taxes should be handled at a more local level rather than by the federal government.

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The Senate is due to reconvene Saturday to vote to begin debate on the bill, which is expected to pass with the support of all Democrats.

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