IRS Recruitment or Police Academy? New Photos of Agents Training Are Troublesome

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Democrats are going to send heavily armed IRS agents to take our money. Most likely they’ll send them to anyone who is conservative, or a gun owner, or who voted for Trump, etc.

According to a Forbes report from 2019, IRS weapons inventory included 5,062,006 rounds of ammunition and 4,487 guns, some fully automatic.

A total of $700,000 was spent by the IRS on ammunition between March and June of this year alone.

Rep. Matt Gaetz said during an interview that “There is concern that this is part of a broader effort to have any entity in the federal government buy up ammo to reduce the amount of ammunition that is in supply, while at the same time, making it harder to produce ammo.”

President Joe Biden signed the “Inflation Reduction Act” Tuesday, which increases IRS agents by 87,000 and it’s budget by $80 billion.

Of the 4,600 guns in the IRS arsenal, 3,282 are pistols, 621 are shotguns, 539 are rifles, and four are revolvers. The agency has 15 automatic weapons (machine guns).

In a recent IRS job posting, it is stated that applicants must be prepared to use deadly force if necessary.

Now, new photos of IRS agents in training have come out and it raises a lot of questions.

“Republican Congressman Thomas Massie released a number of photos of an IRS recruitment program showing potential agents making arrests with guns drawn,” according to Townhall.

Last week, the IRS took down a job description from its website that called for the ability to use lethal force.

Reporter Tom Fischer stated:

“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.””

They “will combine accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes.”

“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.”

While these newly hired feds are required to “Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary,” the government adds that “Criminal Investigation Special Agents are part of a diverse workforce that mirrors the taxpaying public we serve.”

Fischer continued, ““Between March 1 and June 1, 2022, the criminal division of the IRS ordered $696,000 in ammunition, the IRS told VERIFY in an email.”

In a 2018 report, the IRS was shown to generally spend $675,000 on ammunition a year in the previous seven years.”

The job listing for special agents at the IRS links to their department’s 2021 annual report.

IRS agents are accident-prone with their weapons after two federal investigations found that they are not adequately trained. In a Senate hearing held almost 25 years ago, IRS raids on nonviolent taxpayers were raised as a concern.

In 2023 through 2031, the legislation would allocate $80 billion to expand the IRS and boost tax revenue to pay for Democratic green energy subsidies.

Using government and media reports, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a conservative group opposed to the legislation, gathered information about the IRS arsenal.

“A new preliminary assessment from the Congressional Budget Office released today found that at least $20 billion of new revenue from increased IRS audits will come from individuals earning less than $400,000 per year. CBO’s analysis directly contradicts claims from the Biden White House and Congressional Democrats that the IRS would perform “no new audits” on anybody making under $400,000 per year under their proposal to spend $80 billion to supersize the IRS.,” according to the ATR report.

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., expressed concern about IRS agents being armed during a House floor debate Friday.

“This bill has new IRS agents and they are armed, and the job description tells them that they need to be required to carry a firearm and expect to use deadly force if necessary,” Boebert stated. “Excessive taxation is theft. You are using the power of the federal government for armed robbery on the taxpayers.”

Representative John Yarmuth, a Kentucky Democrat., falsely claimed IRS agents are not armed.

“The idea that they are armed—I know that Ms. Boebert would like everybody to be armed, but that’s not what IRS agents do,” Yarmuth asserted. “I would implore my Republican colleagues to cut out the scare tactics. Quit making things up.”

The IRS posted a job opening for a special agent requiring applicants to be “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments,” along with the ability to carry “a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”

In the aftermath of the controversy surrounding the proposed expansion of the IRS, the IRS removed the qualification “willing to use deadly force.”

The IRS age requirement is much like that of the military branches. To be eligible for a special agent role applicants must:

“Be 21 years of age by the time that you complete the training academy and no older than 37 years of age at time of appointment.”


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