(FreedomWire.org) – CBS Evening News blew one of the many scandals surrounding President Joe Biden wide open when they scored an interview with whistleblower Gary Shapley, who is a supervisory special agent for the IRS.

Shaperly held nothing back hinting at a deep plot with many players trying to protect the Biden family. He said, “There was multiple steps that were slow-walked at the direction of the Department of Justice.”

He added that these “Deviations from normal process each and every time, it seems to always benefit the subject. I took an oath of office, and when I saw the egregiousness of some of these things, it no longer became a choice for me. It’s not something that I want to do, it’s something that I feel like I have to do.”

NORAH O’DONNELL: We turn now to a CBS News exclusive. For more than three years, the Department of Justice has been investigating the President’s son, Hunter Biden, for possible tax crimes.

Last fall, FBI sources told us they had sufficient evidence to bring charges. CBS’s Jim Axelrod spoke to the IRS agent who is blowing the whistle on what he says was preferential treatment in his first public interview. 

GARY SHAPLEY (IRS WHISTLEBLOWER): When I took control of this particular investigation, I immediately saw it was way outside the norm of what I’ve experienced in the past. 

JIM AXELROD: Gary Shapley is a supervisory special agent for the IRS. Where he’s worked for 14 years. In January 2020, he was assigned to what he calls a high-profile investigation. Who’s the subject of the investigation? 

SHAPLEY: I can’t confirm or deny the subject of this investigation. 

AXELROD: Why not? 

SHAPLEY: Because, you know, part of the tax secrecy laws don’t allow it. 

AXELROD: Shapley can’t say it, but CBS News has learned the investigation was the probe of Hunter Biden by the Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney in Delaware. Senior Biden administration officials have vowed to let it run its course without interference. 

ATTORNEY GENERAL MERRICK GARLAND: Not restricted in its investigation in any way. 

AXELROD: But CBS News has obtained this letter Shapley’s lawyer sent to Congress Monday alleging irregularities in DOJ’s handling of the investigation. Shapley is seeking legal protections from Congress so he can share specifics of his allegations. 

SHAPLEY: There was multiple steps that were slow walked at the direction of the Department of Justice. 

AXELROD: Had you ever encountered that before? 

SHAPLEY: I have not, no. These deviations from normal process, and each and every time, it seems to always benefit the subject. 

AXELROD: Shapley says he decided to blow the whistle after a heated meeting last October with federal prosecutors. 

SHAPLEY: That was my redline meeting. It just got to that point where that switch was turned on, and I just couldn’t silence my conscience anymore. 

AXELROD: Did you let prosecutors know you were unhappy? 

SHAPLEY: I don’t think I can answer that.

AXELROD: Hunter Biden has denied any wrongdoing. 

The IRS agent told us he is a registered Republican. His whistle-blowing is being assisted by an advocacy group with past ties to the GOP, but Shapley says this is not about politics. Why do you want to navigate these waters? 

SHAPLEY: I don’t want to do any of this. I took an oath of office, and when I saw the egregiousness of some of these things, it no longer became a choice for me, it’s not something that I want to do, it’s something that I feel like I have to do. 

(FreedomWire.org) – On Wednesday evening, it was revealed that a member of the IRS has come forward with proof that the Biden administration has actively worked to undermine the investigation into Hunter Biden.

Hunter is under investigation by the DOJ for tax fraud, money laundering, and violation of lobbying laws. Trump-appointed U.S. prosecutor David Weiss for months has been weighing if there is sufficient evidence for the grand jury to indict him.

According to the whistleblower’s attorney, Mark Lytle, his client wishes to speak with congressional investigators to corroborate his claims of political interference in the probe, which he has reported to the Justice Department’s top watchdog, according to a report.

In a letter obtained by Just the News, “The IRS agent has … disclosed his concerns to both the Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.” The letter goes on to say:

Specifically, the agent has provided evidence that at least two Biden DOJ political appointees in U.S. attorneys’ offices have declined to seek a tax indictment against Hunter Biden despite career investigators’ recommendations to do so and the blessing of career prosecutors in the DOJ tax division.

In addition, the whistleblower alleges Weiss asked to be named as a special counsel in the probe to provide a degree of separation between the probe and Joe Biden. That request was apparently turned down.

The allegations come as the grand jury appears to have convened as far back as May 2019, a confidential subpoena served to JPMorgan Chase bank reveals. The subpoena sought bank records of Hunter and James Biden.

According to the New York Times, Hunter has tried to settle the DOJ’s probe. In 2021, Hunter paid an outstanding $1 million IRS tax bill to evade conviction or a long sentence. The payment could benefit Hunter’s defense.

The probe into Hunter could implicate President Joe Biden. A witness who testified before the jury was reportedly asked to identify the “big guy.” The “Big Guy” is a reference to a joint venture between the Biden family, associates, and CEFC China Energy Co., in which Joe Biden would receive a ten percent equity stake. CEFC also paid Hunter a $1 million legal retainer.

In March 2018, James Biden demanded the legal services payment and provided CEFC “wiring instructions” to transfer the funds to Hudson West III LLC, an entity James and Hunter controlled.

House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) revealed in March the Biden family received a collective $1.3 million cut in 2017 from a Biden family business associate, who was sent a $3 million wire transfer from CEFC. Hunter has confirmed the $1.3 million China payout, while Joe Biden falsely denied it.

Comer believes Biden family members received the $1.3 million in return for favors from Joe Biden. “We believe the reason the family was receiving this money is because of favors that Joe Biden did as vice president and or as president,” Comer told Bloomberg in March.

Comer’s investigation into the Biden family for nine violations, including tax evasion, money laundering, and wire fraud, is a separate probe from the DOJ’s.

Comer’s investigation has encompassed subpoenaing four major U.S. banks and one individual. The subpoenaed banks are Bank of America, Cathay Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and HSBC USA N.A. The banks have complied with the subpoenas.

Comer also subpoenaed the Biden family’s CEFC partner, Mervyn Yan. As a former CEFC official, Yan was an integral member of the Chinese energy conglomerate with strong ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Yan appears to be one of the few top CEFC officials who has not been detained or arrested.

“We’ve been wondering all along where the heck the DOJ and the IRS have been. Now it appears the Biden Administration may have been working overtime to prevent the Bidens from facing any consequences,” Comer said. “The House Oversight Committee will work to hold accountable anyone in the Biden Administration who may be covering up this criminal activity.”

(FreedomWire.org) – Treasury secretary Janet Yellen sent a letter to the IRS commissioner last week about the new funding that the tax-collection agency will receive under the Democrats’ reconciliation bill. However, her numbers don’t seem to add up when she talks about the goal of using that windfall to squeeze high-income households.

Yellen writes that the bill “includes much-needed funding for the IRS to improve taxpayer service, modernize outdated technological infrastructure, and increase equity in the tax system by enforcing the tax laws against those high-earners, large corporations, and complex partnerships who today do not pay what they owe.”

She relates the purposes of funding in reverse order to their amounts. Of the approximately $80 billion in new funding over the next ten years, only $3.2 billion will be for taxpayer services, and only $4.8 billion will be for modernizing technology. Tax enforcement will get $45.6 billion, and general operations will get $25.3 billion. It’s an expand-the-IRS bill, not a modernize-and-improve-the-IRS bill.

Yellen reiterates throughout the letter that audit rates will not increase for households making less than $400,000.

Instead, enforcement resources will focus on high-end noncompliance. There, sustained, multi-year funding is so critical to the agency’s ability to make the investments needed to pursue a robust attack on the tax gap by targeting crucial challenges, like large corporations, high-net-worth individuals and complex pass-throughs, where today the IRS has resources to initiate just 7,500 audits annually out of more than 4 million received.

Let’s assume Yellen’s numbers are correct. If the IRS workforce today has the ability to do only 7,500 audits out of the 4 million high-income returns, twice as much IRS workforce would be able to do 15,000 out of 4 million. That’s an increase from 0.1875 percent to 0.375 percent. Even if we assume growth will be nonlinear due to economies of scale and that the new workers could each do twice as many audits as the old ones, that’s still only 22,500 audits out of 4 million returns. So the IRS is going to use $80 billion of funding to increase the audit rate on a relatively small number of high-income returns from 0.1875 percent to, at most, 0.5625 percent?

Perhaps we’ve gotten too used to speaking in trillions the past few years, but even for the federal government, $80 billion is a lot of money. At 2023 budget levels, $80 billion would fund the entire Department of State for over a year, the entire Department of Justice for over two years, or the entire Department of the Interior for almost 4.5 years. The IRS funding is over ten years, but it’s just one agency, not an entire federal department, and we won’t be getting diplomacy or national parks out of this spending.

Yellen writes that “an additional hour auditing someone making more than $5 million annually generates an estimated $4,500 of additional taxes collected.” Again, let’s assume that her numbers are correct.

According to the IRS, there were 55,614 income-tax returns with more than $5 million in adjusted gross income in tax year 2019, the most recent data available. With 87,000 new employees, which is roughly what the Treasury estimates the new funding will enable the IRS to hire, each return over $5 million could theoretically get its own personal IRS employee and there’d still be 31,386 new employees left over. And that’s not even counting the 94,000 employees who already work for the IRS.

Similarly, one additional hour on each return over $5 million would be 55,614 hours of additional work. Assuming a 40-hour work week, with a week off for Christmas and a week off for Easter, 87,000 new employees is equivalent to 174 million new worker hours per year. That won’t show up all at once, of course, since it will take a few years to hire that many people, and it’s likely a good chunk of the new hires will not actually be IRS agents but other personnel. Still, these numbers are orders of magnitude off from the amount of work actually needed to audit people making over $5 million.

On the revenue side, an additional $4,500 from each return with income over $5 million comes out to about $250 million. Even if the IRS spent an additional ten hours on each return, and got $4,500 each time (which it wouldn’t because of diminishing marginal returns, but let’s be generous), that’s only $2.5 billion. Democrats are banking on IRS enforcement raising $203 billion in new revenue. Where’s the rest of that money coming from?

If Democrats truly want to increase tax enforcement only on a tiny sliver of the highest-earning citizens, they did not need $80 billion and 87,000 new IRS employees to do it. At best, if they keep their word, there will be a whole lot of fresh IRS employees with not a lot of work to do.