A supposed backlog at the Internal Revenue Services has unsurprisingly led the federal government to expand by adding 10,000 jobs to the agency in an effort to address the issue.
The same year Biden took office is coincidentally the same year tax returns became too much for the IRS to handle. That’s right. There are reportedly 14 million business and individual tax returns that still need to be processed from 2021.
The first question we should be asking is, why is there a backlog in the first place?
There’s no extreme backlogs going back several years or decades, just 2021. The last 365 days also didn't see a population explosion. Why the sudden backlog?
Currently, the IRS workforce is made up of 80,000 employees and by the end of 2023, 10,000 more full-time employees will be added to the payroll.
With the extreme inflation and shortage of workers nationwide, the second question that needs to be asked is, where will the department find all these employees and all that extra funding?
Even if we accept the fact that the “backlog” of paperwork is legitimate, we have to wonder why the agency isn't pursuing a temporary solution until the problem is solved.
The truth is, adding more employees naturally grows the federal government and in turn, grows its power. A backlog is just another excuse to expand an agency that is already despised by Americans.
The IRS has become a weapon against the people by auditing our personal finances while also invading our privacy by monitoring our transactions and leaking our private information.
Now, more money will go to the IRS so they can monitor our money better. It’s working against Americans and creating an overreaching government – just another reason for a Convention of States.
A Convention of States is the only weapon in the arsenal of We the People that can permanently and legally limit the power of agencies like the IRS. Called and controlled by the states, a Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that shrink federal power and jurisdiction -- including that of the IRS.
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Silence Dogood, who uses Benjamin Franklin's famous pseudonym, is an intern with Convention of States.