The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is receiving backlash for a job posting it issued earlier this month for new special agents, and had to take down, which would require the applicant to be trained in the use of deadly force — if necessary.
The uproar comes as Congress is currently debating a bill in the House of Representatives, which would increase IRS funding by $80 billion, allowing the agency to expand its current number of agents by 87,000 — a staggering number by any estimation.
The posting for “Criminal Investigation Special Agents,” listed what the applicant’s primary duties would be and what would be expected of them, if they are hired. Most notably, however, was the following sentence: “Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”
“Adhere to the highest standards of conduct, especially in maintaining honesty and integrity,” the post added. “Work a minimum of 50 hours per week, which may include irregular hours, and be on-call 24/7, including holidays and weekends. Maintain a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job.”
The job listing also laid out expectations for the agent to, “be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”
This news comes as former President Donald Trump was raided at his home in Mar-A-Lago down in Florida on Monday. Yet another instance of political escalation, in the form of weaponizing a government entity that was meant to serve the PEOPLE.
This intimidation, threats of federal raids, and additional expansion of the IRS is an attempt by far-left foot soldiers in the current government to cajole average Americans with heavy-handed tactics into supporting their radical agenda. Or at the very least, force them to stand by in silence as the country suffers cultural and economic collapse.
“As a Special Agent you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes,” the post read, before apparently being altered. “Special Agents are duly sorn law enforcement officers who are trained to ‘follow the money.’ No matter what the source, all income earned, both legal and illegal, has the potential of becoming involved in crimes that 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.”
The IRS is hiring new special agents!
Requirements include working min “50 hours per week, which may include irregular hours, and be on-call 24/7, including holidays and weekends” and “Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”https://t.co/uvwbrAkIit pic.twitter.com/z0aVX6uoMr
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) August 10, 2022
The IRS has spent around $675,000 on ammunition every year since 2015, which has caused Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to introduce a bill titled “Disarm the IRS Act” — which would prohibit the tax collection agency from acquiring ammunition.
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Internal Revenue Service may not acquire (by purchase or otherwise any ammunition after the date of the enactment of this Act,” it read.
In response to the job posting, Republican leaders expressed outrage, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who posted: “HELL NO. Every Republican should pledge we WILL NOT FUND these 87k armed new IRS agents who will target the American people.”
Every Republican should pledge we WILL NOT FUND these 87k armed new IRS agents who will target the American people. https://t.co/BmKZVjVdNx
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 10, 2022
Many others pointed out that 87,000 IRS agents would be hired following the passage of the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” and that it the agency would now have some armed personnel. Film producer Errol Webber compared the number of agents to a full football stadium crowd, writing: “This stadium, at a capacity of 86,112, is not big enough to hold all the 87,000 new IRS agents coming after you, locked and loaded.”
This stadium, at a capacity of 86,112, is not big enough to hold all the 87,000 new IRS agents coming after you, locked and loaded. pic.twitter.com/17fipdSx0P
— Errol Webber (@ErrolWebber) August 9, 2022
The GOP argued the expansion of the IRS would lead to more audits on small businesses and middle-class Americans, with those making less than $75,000 being the main targets — as they would face up to 60 percent additional tax audits under the Democrat bill, according to an analysis conducted by House Republicans.
That same analysis found that those making under $75,000 a year will receive 710,863 additional IRS audits, while those making more than $1 million would receive only 52,295. Not exactly equitable.
Another 236,685 of the additional estimated audits would reportedly target individuals with an annual income between only $75,000 and $200,000. Not quite the “tax the rich” mantra we continue to hear from the left.
Americans can expect increased tax burdens in 2023 and a more arduous process with the IRS in general, if the Democrats’ reconciliation bill passes the House — as the agency has begun breathing down the nation’s neck with no signs of stopping.
With this legislation’s passage and the aforementioned job posting, Democrats are announcing they’re coming to get your family’s hard-earned cash. Except this time, they’ll be brining guns.
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