Posted on February 23, 2023

IRS Accused of Using ‘Racial Equity’ for Audits Targeting White, Asian Taxpayers

Brandon Gillespie, Fox News, February 22, 2023

A conservative legal group is accusing the IRS of targeting White and Asian Americans with audits under the guise of “racial equity.”

America First Legal Foundation, a nonprofit group fighting against executive overreach, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request Tuesday taking issue with an executive order signed by President Biden last week.

AFL says the executive order shows the administration “intends to alter Internal Revenue Service’s  audit algorithms to target white, Asian, or mixed-race taxpayers.”


As part of the request, the group is asking for all records of communication from specific individuals at the Treasury Department and the IRS “referring to ‘discrimination,’ ‘discriminatory,’ ‘race,’ ‘racial,’ ‘ethnicity,’ ‘color,’ ‘BIPOC,’ ‘Asian’ ‘Indigenous,’ ‘Black,’ ‘Brown,’ or ‘White’ on the one hand, and ‘audit,’ ‘enforcement,’ ‘NRP,’ ‘RAAS,’ ‘algorithmic,’ ‘selection,’ ‘sampling,’ or ‘strata,’ on the other.”


It goes on to argue that the Biden administration’s plans to higher “a legion” of new IRS agents, as well as its “deep-seated racial fixations,” presented “a clear and present danger” to “White, Asian and mixed-race” taxpayers.