Donald Trump on Thursday called the tax agency “un-American,” saying it was “unfair” to the nation and should be abolished.
“We are going to put a lot of good people into the IRS.
We are going, in the meantime, and we will get rid from it,” he said.
“The IRS is not going anywhere, and that’s what we’re doing.
We’re not going back to the days of people coming in and filing their taxes, filing them, paying their taxes and getting nothing.
We don’t want to do that.”
The IRS was created in 1917 and is responsible for administering taxes on businesses, individuals and farms.
It collects and administers about $2.4 trillion a year, or roughly half the federal budget.
Trump’s remarks come after his administration announced a plan to repeal the tax code and replace it with a tax plan that would reduce the corporate tax rate to 15% from the current 35%, eliminate the estate tax and allow Americans to deduct state and local taxes paid to the IRS from their federal taxes.
The plan, which would not be announced until next month, would also slash taxes for individuals, which Trump has pledged to cut.
The president’s comments came as Republicans in Congress continue to work to enact the tax bill, which is expected to pass the House and be signed into law by the president.
He has said that he would sign it into law if Republicans can agree on a compromise, but it is unclear if he has the votes in the Senate.
The tax bill is expected soon.