One of the items to help fund the infrastructure deal was more $$ for IRS enforcement to target major tax cheats that cost the country hundreds of billions. Pubs have backed out of their support for the increased funding. Just when I thought they couldn't be more obvious in their support for tax avoidance, they pull this. So much for the party of self responsibility, don't audit our top 1%. The increased IRS audits were anticipated to generate $1.2 Trillion over 10 years in lost revenue Republicans renege on deal with Democrats, strip funding for IRS in gift to rich tax cheats (msn.com) Under pressure from well-heeled conservative advocacy organizations and donors, Republican senators have removed funding for IRS enforcement from an emerging bipartisan infrastructure plan, threatening to tank a proposed crackdown on rich tax cheats. ...................................... Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), part of the 22-member bipartisan group that's rushing to hash out the details of the infrastructure bill ahead of a key procedural vote this week, confirmed Sunday that the IRS provision has been removed due to right-wing "pushback." Portman also complained that Democratic lawmakers are working to provide the IRS with more funding in their forthcoming reconciliation package, which can pass without Republican support. The scrapped provision would have increased the IRS budget—a frequent target of GOP cuts in recent years—by $40 billion over the next decade to help the agency combat tax dodging, which is depriving the federal government of trillions of dollars in revenue. An analysis released earlier this year by academics and IRS researchers estimated that 36% of unpaid federal income taxes are owed by the top 1%. Due to persistent funding shortages and inadequate staffing, the IRS now audits poor Americans at roughly the same rate as the wealthy, who often use complex strategies to avoid paying taxes. Big businesses are also taking advantage of the depleted IRS; the agency now audits just half of all large company tax returns, allowing corporations to claim unwarranted tax breaks.