Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act: Boosting Tax Revenues and IRS Enforcement
The introduction of the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in August 2022 is proving to be a game-changer for tax revenues and enforcement efforts by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Recent reports indicate that tax revenues are expected to surge by up to $561 billion from 2024 to 2034, thanks to enhanced enforcement facilitated by the IRA.
Boosting Tax Revenues
The Congressional Budget Office’s initial estimate in 2022 projected a revenue increase of $180.4 billion from 2022 to 2031, thanks to the additional funding provided to the IRS through the IRA. However, the latest projections indicate that if IRA funding is restored, renewed, and diversified, tax revenues could reach an impressive $851 billion from 2024 to 2034.
Advocating for Economic Agenda
Top administration officials, including National Economic Adviser Lael Brainard, are leveraging these findings to advocate for President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. Brainard emphasizes that President Biden’s investment in rebuilding the IRS will lead to a significant reduction in the deficit by ensuring that the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
Challenges Amid Funding Cuts
Despite the promising outlook for increased tax revenues, the IRS has faced challenges due to funding cuts initiated by House Republicans. These cuts, totaling $1.4 billion, were incorporated into the debt ceiling and budget cuts package passed by Congress. Additionally, a separate agreement diverted an extra $20 billion from the IRS to other non-defense programs over the next two years.
Optimizing Funds and Enhancing Enforcement
In response to the funding cuts, the IRS has implemented various measures to optimize its remaining funds and enhance enforcement efforts. The agency has rolled out new customer service improvements and announced successful efforts to recoup half a billion dollars in back taxes from wealthy tax evaders. These initiatives aim to mitigate further cuts and demonstrate the value of IRS funding.
Addressing Tax Compliance
Ensuring tax compliance, especially among high-income individuals and large corporations, has been one of the IRS’s primary challenges. The audit rate for millionaires and large corporations had significantly declined in previous years. However, IRA funding has enabled the IRS to reverse this trend and address the growing tax gap, estimated to exceed $600 billion annually.
The Way Forward
The Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act has emerged as a crucial tool for bolstering tax revenues, enhancing IRS enforcement capabilities, and narrowing the tax gap. Continued investment in IRS funding and enforcement measures will be essential for sustaining these positive trends and ensuring tax fairness and compliance across all income levels.
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