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The Senate approved President Joe Biden's $789 billion health, climate and tax bill, which includes $80 billion to hire 87,000 IRS workers.

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Republican lawmakers who opposed the bill say it will target small business owners, people who work from home, rideshare drivers, TikTokers and YouTubers.

87,000 IRS workers will be put to work auditing 1.7 million middle class, according to Republicans.

"The reality is a significant portion raised from their IRS funding bloat would come from taxpayers with income below $400,000," said Republican Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho.

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig disagreed, saying the $80 billion in funding would not increase audits of households making less than $400,000 per year.

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IRS audits have dropped over the past decade, according to the Biden administration. That's a loss of $207 billion in income tax revenue.

The Biden administration is particularly annoyed that influencers are earning millions of dollars recording TikTok videos and not paying their fair share of taxes.

The IRS will also go after anyone who receives money through so-called digital payments networks such as Zelle and CashApp.

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Those who have been audited say it is a painful experience. The burden is on the taxpayer to prove they earned less than what the IRS says they earned.

If an Uber driver exaggerated his mileage on his tax form he will need receipts to prove it. Republicans say if gig workers can't prove their mileage or car expenses, they will owe a lot of money to the IRS.

IRS workers will also investigate anyone who applied for PPP loans using false information.

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Prosecutors in an Allegheny, Pennsylvania courtroom played chilling dash camera video of Uber driver Christy Spicuzza begging for her life before she was killed.

Calvin Crew, 22, allegedly used his girlfriend's cell phone to call for an Uber ride in February. Prosecutors say Crew killed Spicuzza, 38, and left her body in a wooded area along Rosecrest Drive.

Spicuzza's body was found days later. Her cell phone containing the dash camera video was also recovered at the scene.

On Wednesday, prosecutors played a 20-minute clip that shows a frightened Spicuzza telling Crew she was a mom of four.

Nearly 20 minutes into the clip, Crew is seen sliding over behind Spicuzza and placing a handgun to the back of her neck.

The startled Uber driver felt the gun and said, "Come on, man. I've got a family. What are you doing?"

Crew answered calmly, "I got a family too. Now drive."

Spicuzza said, "Why are you doing this?" before telling Crew, "I have four kids, what are you doing?"

Seconds later, Crew reached over the front seat and pulled down Spicuzza's cell phone.

The gun seen in the video was registered to Crew's girlfriend. The firearm has never been recovered. Crew's girlfriend was not charged.

Spicuzza's family members, who were in the courtroom Wednesday, were visibly upset by the footage.

Crew faces charges of homicide, tampering with evidence, kidnapping and robbery.
 

 

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Remy Ma explained why she prefers male Uber drivers in a discussion about sexism across all industries.

In an interview with Ebro in the Morning, the 41-year-old rapper said she believes in traditional male/female roles.

While Remy praised independent working women, she also admitted there are things men do better than women.

"Unfortunately, whatever field you're in - if you're a woman - your gender is probably gonna be placed before your occupation," she said.

She also admitted she never chooses a female Uber driver because she believes women can't drive better than men.

"Female Uber drivers. I tell people all the time: that's, like, my biggest thing, if I see it I'm declining it," she said. "Because I don't want a woman driver, period. Because most women can't drive, I'm sorry."

However, Remy was quick to say she trusts her own driving.

"I drive amazingly, I'm Nascar fast car," she said.

"But, for the most part, one time I got into the car [with a women driver] and I was peeling the skin off my eyelids. She was stopping at yellow lights... I'm telling you I know it's a problem because I do it in certain instances, and I am a whole woman that is all for female empowerment, but I don't want a woman driver."

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One of two girls charged with killing Uber Eats driver Mohammad Anwar in Washington, DC, took a plea deal this week, according to published reports.

The 15-year-old carjacker pleaded guilty to the murder of 66-year-old Anwar, an Uber Eats delivery driver, who was thrown from his car and killed during an attempted carjacking on March 23.

In return for pleading guilty to murder, prosecutors agreed to drop other charges - armed carjacking, robbery and aggravated reckless driving, DailyMail.com reported.

She will be sentenced on June 4 and, as part of the plea deal, will serve a maximum of six years in a juvenile detention center, until she is 21.

Court proceedings for minors are closed to the public and their criminal records are sealed for life.

A 13-year-old accomplice was also charged as a juvenile in the crime.

The girls targeted the father-of-three as he delivered food for Uber Eats in the southeast section of D.C.

Chilling cell phone video shows Anwar leaning halfway out of his car, telling a bystander "they're kids", as the oldest girl sped off -- with Anwar still holding on to the steering wheel.

Seconds later, the car lost control, overturned and crashed, throwing Anwar from the vehicle. He died from severe head injuries.

As the victim lay dying, one of the teens is overheard saying her cell phone was still in the car.
 

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Yung Joc was clowned over the weekend when he was caught on video driving for a ride-share service. Joc went viral when Uber customers recorded him picking them up.

"You sound like somebody I know," one of the passengers said. Joc explained that he was driving for "a month or so" because "it was an easy way to get some easy money right here downtown."

Many assumed this was yet another stunt by Joc to go "viral." He doesn't need the few hundred dollars.

The 36-year-old business owner is a cast member on Love & Hip-Hop, as well as a co-host on a popular radio station here in Atlanta. All of which provides him with a tidy income to support his many children.

Behind the scenes, Joc caught flack for pulling more stunts in order to "go viral" on social media.

He isn't the only one. Many washed up celebrities hire PR firms to come up with stunts that have a high probability of going viral and increasing more "engagement" on social media.

As an industry insider explained to me: "Going viral is this generation's currency."

But according to Joc, his Uber driving gig is no stunt for fleeting viral fame.

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The former rapper told TMZ that he has been part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta for years, and he is leading by example.

"You show them what humility is and you're not too big to do the right thing by making an honest living," he said. "I think that's why a lot of kids - and even adults - go astray. Because they're too ashamed, they're too prideful to do something."

He said one of the perks of "going viral" was the support he received from people like OG rapper Snoop Dogg.

"The most phenomenal part of this experience from this going viral is the amount of support," he said. "I just realize that maybe people are beginning to be a little more mature."

Speaking of maturity, it will be interesting to see what stunt Joc comes up with next.
 

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