Senator Rob Portman, the chief negotiator of the Republican bipartisan infrastructure plan, said on Sunday that a proposal to strengthen the enforcement of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a way to fund the measure has been cancelled.
The Ohio congressman is one of 22 bipartisan senators who negotiated the framework of the bill with the White House. He revealed that Democratic Party It may add provisions to strengthen IRS tax collection in its budget reconciliation plan.
“Well, one reason it is not part of the proposal is that we did meet resistance,” Portman told CNN Host Dana Bash Union State“Another reason is that we discovered that the Democratic Party will put a proposal into the settlement plan, which is not only similar to our plan, but also that the IRS has much stronger enforcement. So, this has caused considerable problems. Because it is generally agreed that this is an infrastructure package negotiated by the two parties, we will stick to it.”
He added: “This has caused considerable problems because it is generally agreed that this is an infrastructure package negotiated by the two parties, and we will stick to it.”
In 2019, the IRS estimate Based on tax data for 2011, 2012, and 2013, the average tax gap (the difference between the actual tax liability and the amount paid on time) is $441 billion per year. Taking into account the delay in implementation, this figure dropped to an estimated $381 billion.
After years of budget cuts for the IRS, the latest version of the proposal provides the department with $40 billion in new funding, which will enable law enforcement agencies to strengthen enforcement of unpaid taxes. The proposal shows that it can allow the Internal Revenue Service to increase revenue by about $100 billion in the next ten years as a way to pay for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.
But after being strongly opposed, the proposal was abandoned Senate RepublicansOutside groups have also criticized the proposal, saying it will allow the IRS to intervene too much in people’s personal finances.
“Instead of giving the IRS tens of billions of dollars to harass and persecute American taxpayers, I think we should abolish the IRS and switch to a simple flat tax,” Senator Ted Cruise Said Thursday, according to Hill, After calling IRS funding a “stupid and dangerous idea.”
Portman said the group of 22 negotiators has been working to reach an agreement on how to pay for the infrastructure package, and they will meet on Sunday to discuss alternative proposals.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer He said on Thursday that he intends to hold the first procedural vote on the bipartisan bill on Wednesday.
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