(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – Two cattle ranchers from Texas who had a traumatic experience being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for repairing a tractor have issued a warning to Americans after Congress approved $80 billion in additional IRS funding, primarily for enforcement.
Deborah and David Hajda, cattle ranchers from Texas, told Fox News about what they described as a “grueling experience” when the IRS audited their Raising Five Cattle Company.
“We got audited over basically a $7,800 engine rebuild on a very old tractor. They just basically said this was a red flag, and we’re going to audit you, and we’re coming to your house,” Deborah Hajda said.
She recalled how she offered to send her bank records to the IRS, but the tax agents came to their home to demand all of the family’s financial records 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,” the cattle rancher said.
The Texas family deemed it possible that the IRS went to the trouble of auditing them to fill a quota.
“They said they flagged it because our expenses were high that year, and it was because of this repair,” David said.
They recounted how they kept all the records about the expenses they had to repair the tractor that they couldn’t afford to replace. That wasn’t enough for the IRS, though.
“[The auditor] 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 said.
“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. It was very invasive. You feel very attacked because that guy wanted to go back and say, ‘I got her,'” Deborah recalled.
On the couple’s behalf, she issued a grave warning to middle-class Americans who may soon end up getting targeted by the IRS, particularly with the billions in extra taxpayer funding dollars that have just been approved in President Joe Biden’s massive Inflation Reduction Act.
“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…,” Deborah Hajda warned.
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