IRS Plans Expansion In All 50 States With Armed Agents – ‘They’re Not Gunning For Billionaires’

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the federal body responsible for federal tax collection and enforcement of the federal tax code, is looking to hire armed special agents with arrest powers in all 50 states of the Union according to Fox News. The expanding branch of the IRS is the Criminal Investigations division. It is only with that division, which investigates tax-related crimes and terrorist financing efforts, that agents can carry guns.

The job posting for the job noted that the special agents can lawfully “[c]arry a firearm; must be prepared to protect him/herself or others from physical attacks at any time and without warning and use firearms in life-threatening situations; must be willing to use force up to and including the use of deadly force.” Such agents must be “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.” Special agents must adhere to a standard of fitness deemed “necessary [for them] to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job.”

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Under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the IRS was granted approximately $80 billion over a decade to supposedly crack down on the rich evading their taxes. As Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) pointed out though “The IRS has never pointed a gun at a billionaire or his employees, so why does the IRS need 87,000 new agents, AR-15’s, and 5 million rounds of ammunition? They’re not gunning for billionaires or their bank accounts.”

He also pointed out that IRS recruitment programs were not all exactly geared toward wealthy tax evaders. He wrote that “This IRS recruiting program is “taking down a landscape business owner who failed to properly report how he paid for his vehicles,” not “taking down a billionaire who uses the corporate jet for private trips.” Dems argue we need 87,000 new IRS employees!”

Some point towards the new rule by the IRS that business transactions of $600 or more must be reported to them as further evidence of them not being geared toward tax evasion by the rich. As noted by CBS News, this rule “could spell confusion for small businesses.” The previous rule was $20,000 on over 200 transactions that had to be reported. A small business owner in Maryland, Dennis Turbeville, told CBS News that “Small businesses don’t have the resources to understand how to do things properly [in terms of the rule change]. A $2,500 penalty for a business that’s doing $2 million a year, not a big deal. For somebody like me, that’s a big deal.”
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