A new IRS job listing has popped up, revealing that the tax agency is hiring a flock of new “Criminal Investigation Special Agents” who must be comfortable “carrying a firearm” and be “willing to use deadly force” in order to carry out their duties.
The listing reads, “as a Special Agent you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes. Special Agents are duly sworn 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 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.”
The job posting goes on to spell out these new Special Agent’s “major duties,” including “carrying a firearm and being willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”
Applicants for the Special Agent position must also “be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”
These new armed enforcers are part of a massive new 87,000-employee hiring spree resulting from an $80 billion injection provided to them by President Biden’s so-called “Inflation Reduction Act.”
In addition to carrying guns and badges, these IRS enforces will also be afforded a plethora of goodies which they can use against American citizens, including fleet and surveillance vehicles, radio communication equipment, body armor, electronic surveillance equipment, audio and video equipment, cameras and lenses, night vision equipment, optical equipment, funds for confidential informants, and something called “padded training suits.”
It’s also worth noting that the IRS bought $700,000 in ammunition earlier this year.
According to the agency, the hiring process of the 87,000 new agents will of course put an emphasis on diversity. “Criminal Investigation Special Agents are part of a diverse workforce that mirrors the taxpaying public we serve,” the IRS vowed.
IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig told the Senate in an August 4 letter that the agency’s massive expansion should not scare the middle class.
Nonpartisan watchdog Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that as much as 90% of the estimated $200 billion in additional funds the IRS will collect as a result of beefing up its ranks will come from small businesses.
“The IRS will have to target small and medium businesses because they won’t fight back,” Joe Hinchman, executive vice president at National Taxpayers Union Foundation, told the New York Post. “We’ve seen this play out before … the IRS says ‘We’re going after the rich’ but when you’re trying to raise that much money, the rich can only get you so far.”
“The approach here is to double the IRS workforce, take the leash off, and see how much they can collect,” Hinchman added.
Rettig’s letter to lawmakers about the aggressive growth plan included a potentially ominous sentence, at least for anyone who has ever been audited.
“I cannot be forceful enough in emphasizing that these resources will be transformative for the agency and for American taxpayers,” Rettig wrote.