Florida Chief Financial Officer Patronis Targets IRS

TALLAHASSEE – Amid criticism of the Internal Revenue Service from Republican officials across the country, Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis announced the creation of an online site where people can report alleged “harassment” by the IRS.

Recent Republican criticism of the IRS stems in part from the federal Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which provided funding for additional IRS staff.

The Patronis office said the state’s new “IRS Transparency Portal” is designed to help Florida “identify patterns of discrimination when specific IRS agents pursue certain political causes, practices, or beliefs.”

During a keynote Thursday at Ally Building Solutions in Orlando, Patronis said consumers will be able to use a hyperlink to file complaints with the IRS.

“We will review this information. We will share these investigative models and help us develop laws in Florida that make sense,” Patronis said. “But then we’re going to take those reports and we’ll take them to those specific congressional committees that oversee the IRS to show this type of activity to see if there’s a pattern that needs to be addressed because it doesn’t line up with what the overall mission of the IRS should be. “.

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