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Cruz on Tax Day: ‘Stop Weaponization of Tax Code, Abolish the IRS’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tax Day 2023, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made the following statement about America’s tax burden imposed on families and businesses across the country:

“Tax Day is here again. As the economy suffers under the Biden administration’s policies and inflationary spending binge, the prospect of tax increases looms larger. Meanwhile, the Internal Revenue Service has never been held accountable for its past harassment of conservative non-profits. And just recently, an IRS agent knocked on the front door of a journalist, Matt Taibbi – on the same day he was scheduled to testify before Congress about Twitter executives suppressing political opinions with which they disagreed. But instead of investigating the IRS, the Biden Administration and the Democrats are rewarding it with $80 billion in new funding, which could fund up to 87,000 new IRS employees.

“I am more determined than ever to bring the IRS to heel. We should stop the weaponization of the tax code, abolish the IRS, and start over. We should reform the income code to make it simple and fair. Tax returns should be simple enough to fit on a postcard.

“Americans have had enough of the Democratic double-whammy of cynical manipulative power politics and burdensome taxation smothering growth and opportunity. There is a better way and Tax Day is a good day to remember that.”

In his decade in the Senate, Sen. Cruz has been proud to lead the fight against tyrannical and unnecessary taxation policies:

  • He helped enact historic tax reform in 2017, which gave a tax cut to virtually every taxpayer in America. It reduced taxes on small businesses, farmers, ranchers, and job producers, which has helped bring jobs to Texas.
  • He has fought to make permanent the 2017 historic tax cuts for individuals.
  • He has repeatedly introduced legislation to repeal the Biden administration’s faulty infrastructure package that included a provision expanding the IRS to cover the cryptocurrency space.
  • He introduced an amendment to strike the $80 billion dollar slush fund that paid for the hiring of 87,000 new IRS employees.
  • He sent letters to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to request an investigation into the political weaponization of IRS data.
  • He introduced legislation called the Prohibiting IRS Financial Surveillance Act alongside his Republican colleagues to prohibit the IRS from being granted access to virtually every single American’s bank account.