Editorial: Schmitt’s dishonest tax rhetoric is under the post sought. – St. Louis mail delivery | Vette Leader

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Earlier this month, we encouraged Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt to moderate his tactics after securing the Republican Senate nomination and to stop abusing his office to spread disinformation and division. It’s not going well. Last week, in addition to vowing to “bring a wrecking ball” to the Justice Department for daring to hold an ex-president accountable, Schmitt promoted the latest caustic right-wing mythology about new Internal Revenue Service funding.

No, 87,000 armed federal auditors don’t come for middle-class taxpayers. But that’s essentially what Schmitt claims – and no less on official state letterhead. Missourians shouldn’t fall for this populist ploy. No matter how he puts it, Schmitt defends corporate tax fraudsters.

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Democrats’ landmark new climate and tax bill includes nearly $80 billion in new funding for the IRS, mostly for increased enforcement. This funding does not arise in a vacuum. Republicans have eroded the IRS’s financial and auditing powers for a decade. Some estimates put the loss to the federal Treasury at nearly $1 trillion a year. The main beneficiaries have been the mega-rich and corporations that are rarely scrutinized anymore.

Many of the 87,000 employees that the law will fund over the next decade will fill existing positions that will be vacated by current employees. In fact, between 20,000 and 30,000 new jobs will be created, many of which will be in support or customer service roles rather than accountants. And while audits are stepping up — that’s the main point — the Biden administration has promised to target those additional audits solely at earners above $400,000 a year.

Try to reconcile these facts with that Letter Schmitt issued last week (again on official letterhead from the Missouri Attorney General) ostensibly to the IRS but in reality to the constituents.

Schmitt’s letter claimed that the IRS “will soon be authorized to hire 87,000 new agents.” NOT CORRECT. He claimed the new audits would “affect Missourians of all income levels.” NOT CORRECT. He hinted that the agency has launched a new campaign to arm its agents, when in fact a small percentage of IRS employees whose jobs transition to law enforcement have always been armed — which has nothing to do with the audits, um which it supposedly went the letter.

The letter is full of the inflammatory language of populist rebellion: Missourians “fear our government”, the “regime” has made America “a place we hardly recognize” and will “punish anyone who stands in its way, even a former President of the United States.”

What exactly does all of this have to do with trying to get companies to pay their taxes?

Given the partisan advantage that every Republican has in the Missouri general election today, Schmitt is likely to go into the Senate with or without this dishonest and dangerous rhetoric. Finally, why not ditch the red meat of elementary school and offer Missourians the tastier language of statesmanship?

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