Americans can now see why President Joe Biden wanted $80 billion and 87,000 new agents for the IRS – and it’s not pretty.
The agency is amid a massive hiring push that includes openings in 230 U.S. cities for special agents of its Criminal Investigations branch.
From Honolulu to Miami to points in between – including places like Green Bay, Wisconsin, Bend, Oregon, and Town and Country, Missouri – the IRS is looking to fill the ranks of its own law enforcement force in every corner of America.
That may not seem unusual, since Biden seems ready to leave no bank account unbothered in the search for revenue to pay for his boondoggles.
But what made the job posting controversial was that the IRS announced that it was seeking people “willing to use deadly force,” according to National Review.
The conservative magazine noted the IRS on Wednesday deleted a job posting that read in part: “No matter what the source, all income earned, both legal and illegal, has the potential of becoming involved in crimes which fall within the investigative jurisdiction of the IRS Criminal Investigation. Because of the expertise required to conduct these complex financial investigations, IRS Special Agents are considered the premier financial investigators for the Federal government.”
National Review also reported that the job as a SA requires “a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job,” as well as being “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”
Candidates must also be agreeable to toting “a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”
The IRS still had the job posted on Wednesday night, according USAJobs.gov, the federal government’s employment website.
But it’s been changed. References to “deadly force,” “life-threatening situations” and “dangerous assignments” are gone. Guns are still included, however.
The IRS now seeks people to “fill a unique niche in the federal law enforcement community.” That niche, under the CI division’s “broad jurisdiction,” includes investigating crimes covered by the federal government’s criminal code as well as financial crimes, which are done “in addition to our primary tax enforcement mission.”
These SAs, the agency says, “are known for their financial investigative expertise in areas, such as, tax fraud, public corruption, cybercrimes, narcotics, terrorism, and much more.”
Being a revenue agent for the federal government also means being armed – and not just with a calculator.
One of the qualifications for being an SA in the IRS is the ability or willingness to “carry/use a firearm.” “Maintaining firearm proficiency is mandatory,” the job description says.
“This position requires moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather,” the posting adds.
Some conservatives, led by Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, have recently questioned why the government’s primary financial auditors carry guns.
In a follow-up interview with Gaetz earlier this month, Tucker Carlson of Fox News noted that the IRS spent $20 million on guns and ammo between 2006 and 2019, and now has stockpiled more than 5 million rounds of ammo.
“The IRS should be people in cubicles with green [eye] shades and calculators,” Gaetz has said. “They shouldn’t be people with guns and ammo.”
The Wall Street Journal reported in March that the IRS had launched a major recruitment drive, seeking to hire 10,000 people by the end of September 2023.
The hiring drive was intended “to eliminate a long backlog of unprocessed tax returns,” which had mounted to 7.2 million filings.
Nowhere did the Journal mention the IRS’s need for people who could “use deadly force.”
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