Texas cattle ranchers audited by IRS issue dire warning to Americans
Texas cattle ranchers David and Deborah Hajda issued a dire warning to America’s center class after Democrats’ spending invoice handed each homes of Congress permitting provisions for about $80 billion in IRS funding, a majority of which is dedicated to enforcement.
The Raising Five Cattle Company ranchers spoke with Dana Perino on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday, the place they recounted the grueling tax audit they skilled 13 years in the past.
“We got audited over basically a $7,800 engine rebuild on a very old tractor,” Deborah stated.
“They just basically said this was a red flag, and we’re going to audit you, and we’re coming to your house,” she added.
Hajda stated she requested if she might fax her financial institution data to the IRS, however they refused to give her the choice. Instead, they got here to her home and demanded all of her monetary data in-person.
“I took out our box of receipts… and we handed it to him, and I said ‘Here’s your receipts’… we weren’t hiding anything,” she stated.
Perino requested if the IRS agent sought out the ranchers merely to fill a quota.
“Probably. They said they flagged it because our expenses were high that year, and it was because of this repair,” David responded.
The Hajdas stated, whereas they might not afford to substitute the tractor, they stored all data of bills for the mandatory repairs. However, the auditor wouldn’t surrender so simply.
“He wasn’t satisfied. He kept digging, and he ended up nailing us. Our tax person was giving us 80% on our work vehicles, and he said you can only do 50%,” David stated.
“I was very naive about the situation. I had no idea of the power, the scope [of the audit] going in three years of my life… and me having no control over that, no control over the information he was given,” Deborah stated.
“It was very invasive. You feel very attacked because that guy wanted to go back and say, ‘I got her.’”
She went on to issue a warning to different middle-class Americans who might quickly endure the identical course of.
“They want to get you. If they’re coming after you for an audit, they don’t want to see your receipt… they want to nitpick your life apart, and that’s not what the American dream is for self-employment, small business…”