Armed… auditors? The IRS becomes the latest target of GOP misinformation

Some Republicans have spread false information about how new funds will be used by IRS, stoking outrage and alarming experts

The picture that the top Republican painted was both vivid and terrifying. He warned that additional funding for the Internal Revenue Service would lead to armed auditors banging down front doors to squeeze hard-earned dollars from working Americans.

“Are they going to have a strike force that goes in with AK-15s already loaded, ready to shoot some small-business person in Iowa with these?” Senator Chuck Grassley said on Fox News last week.

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