IRS to Hire 87,000 Agents, Some Will Need to ‘Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary’

The Internal Revenue Service is hiring!

With President Joe Biden signing the “Inflation Reduction Act” into law this week, America’s taxman will receive a generous boost in funding to the tune of about $80 billion, a hefty chunk of which is earmarked to hire new employees.

While there’s been a dispute online about the number of new agents the IRS will hire — a May 2021 report from the Treasury Department put that figure at around 87,000 — the agency hasn’t officially disclosed its plans.

What is clear, however, is the IRS wants more workers to bolster tax compliance to bring in more revenue.  To help achieve this goal, the agency is looking for Criminal Investigation (CI) special agents.  

CI is the law enforcement branch of the agency.  Its special agents, apparently, must be really willing to bring the hammer down on suspected tax cheats.  

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Consider this CI special agent job posting, which under the category of “major duties” lists, “Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.” 

(Note: It appears the IRS has removed that “deadly force” requirement from its “major duties,” but not before someone got a screenshot and posted it to Twitter.)

For those, like Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who believe that federal income tax is theft, this is a shot across the bow.

“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 said on Twitter.

“Excessive taxation is theft. You are using the power of the federal government for armed robbery on the taxpayers,” she continued.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was also critical of the plan to swell the ranks of the IRS.

“Democrats want to make the IRS larger than the Pentagon, the State Department, the FBI, and the Border Patrol combined,” he Tweeted. “That’s a terrible idea. We should abolish the IRS!”

Given that our national debt is over $30 trillion, it’s highly unlikely that lawmakers on either side of the aisle will vote to defund, let alone, abolish the IRS.

That said, do IRS agents really need to be armed? Isn’t there an easier way — a less menacing way — to ensure compliance by simplifying the tax code, say, via a flat tax?

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  • Bones August 22, 2022, 4:17 pm

    Please tell me which “law encforcement” officers , agents.. etc..dont have the legal use of a firearm..or the use of deadly force in their job description.. and some will kiss your ash! Haha.. People read between the lines way to much to create controversies and conspiracies!.. haha but hey thats the crazy ash world we live in .. nutjobs propagandaists included!

    • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment August 22, 2022, 8:46 pm

      hey boner I see you enjoy being a keyboard hero here……you obviously don’t mouth off to people in person that’s for sure! Why don’t you try walking the streets in a city and use that great, ahem, intellect and put some gang members on the straight and narrow path….. your masters don’t seem to want to do that.

      • D.J. August 23, 2022, 12:15 pm

        I believe the wordsmith is a gang member .
        His illiterate behavior clearly demonstrates that .

  • bobs your uncle August 20, 2022, 9:44 am

    So, does this mean the IRS will be recovering the billions of dollars they have paid out in fraudulent refunds etc.?

  • Tommy Barrios August 19, 2022, 9:34 pm

    MAYBE the general pubic will wake up and REALIZE this ‘travesty’ is just ONE of the REASONS the Founders where vehemently against Standing Armies and Federal/State Police Forces! 😡

    • D.J. August 22, 2022, 12:52 pm

      The Founders , yes , this is true .
      The new age communists , beholden to the
      Chinese , “ not so much “ .

    • Bones August 22, 2022, 4:23 pm

      Doesnt matter if the gangs that are affiliated are in official govt clothing or just citizens in camo.i donttrust any of you!… at least the govt officers take an oath and have at least some training or accountablility per law.. . All humans are ubtrustworthy including you fools

      • Hondo August 23, 2022, 6:08 am

        Your circus misses you, go back clown.

      • D.J. August 23, 2022, 12:20 pm

        He strikes yet again .

        “ untrustworthy “ , really ?
        You should have stayed in school , “ you fool “ .

  • Michael Hayes August 19, 2022, 8:53 pm

    Hope filling out a will is part of there training.

  • Stan d. Upnow August 19, 2022, 2:00 pm

    Had a friend who worked for the IRS. He told me once that he could make someone’s life miserable if he wanted to. Fortunately, he was a decent guy.
    They don’t need to accost you at home to hurt you. They can freeze your bank account(s), credit cards, levy your paycheck, and even put a lien on your home, if you own one. Think that might hurt?

  • Godfrey Daniel August 19, 2022, 1:52 pm

    Yeah, boy. What could go wrong here?

  • Stan d. Upnow August 19, 2022, 1:49 pm

    “IRS! We’re here to collect the $32.16 error you made on your recent tax return. Look Out, he’s calling his attorney! OPEN FIRE!!!”

  • David clarke August 19, 2022, 1:12 pm

    That video is more than 5 years old. Stop misrepresenting the situation.

    • Peter August 19, 2022, 2:29 pm

      That’s what the stupid folks here do constantly – thats what poorly educated folks do constantly – and thats what liars and half-truth promoters do all the time (the most obvious examples of this are the trumpers and folks on Fox tv…liars all).

      Misrepresentation is rampant on this site, unfortunately many of the contributors don’t even know what they are saying or how they are misrepresenting Facts, but that’s a typical trait with under-educated people.

      • Let's go Brandon, FJB August 19, 2022, 3:05 pm

        @peter, they’re called democrats. Telling the truth is not in their DNA.

      • The Bearded Pretender August 19, 2022, 4:03 pm

        But yet here you are Peter leading the charge of Stupid… Seems like you are a perfect fit!

      • D.J. August 19, 2022, 9:53 pm

        Well , Peter . Thanks for your “ educated “ clarification in
        this matter . We uneducated plebeians certainly appreciate
        input from such inspirational persons of such intellectual
        dexterity . It makes this site so much more enjoyable with
        input like yours .

      • Big Al 45 August 21, 2022, 10:06 am

        We all know that’s on both sides of the isle, so tell us which Lefty sites you hang out at so we can check your posts there to see if you’re at all fair in what you say and do.
        If you fail to respond, we know what you are.
        A hypocrite.

      • Kane August 21, 2022, 10:27 pm

        Peter, kind of “stupid” of you and David to expect GD to have photos of people being trained who have NOT yet been hired. Maybe you two think the next batch under Biden will some how be better than ones in this photo who were most likely hired by BHO 6 or 7 years ago.

        I wonder what you two clowns were saying by the photos of Border Agents that were accused of “whipping” illegal aliens or maybe the of the people in Obama cages who were being attributed to Trump.

      • Hondo August 24, 2022, 6:45 am

        So let me get this right , the left is the arbiter of truth ? Dude that is laughable at best, that is dumb , are you dumb Peter ? Serious question.

  • martentrapper August 19, 2022, 12:34 pm

    These new recruits will end up shooting/killing citizens, often mistakenly, and never suffer prosecution. You can see very few would pass the normal police training requirements. Especially the mental training.
    A standing army to conquer the people.

    • Stan d. Upnow August 19, 2022, 2:02 pm

      As they say, “What goes around comes around.”

  • James Spangler August 19, 2022, 12:28 pm

    If the FBI was looking for nuclear secrets in the former First Lady’s underwear drawer, can you imagine what these knuckleheads will do to Americans under cover of “THE LAW”?

  • Clint W. August 19, 2022, 12:01 pm

    “Treasury rejects GOP claims…”, “Treasury rejects right wing talk radio claims…” all stories proclaim the Treasury is not hiring 87,000 new agents and arming them to shoot to kill. Anyone who believes any spokesman for any department of the US govt in this day and age is just plain cretin level ignorant. We as US citizens are witnessing what the rank and file European observed in the 1930’s as a ‘real’ fascist government came to power, but in our case, it is us labelled fascist because we oppose these massive violations of our Constitution.

    I just hope those pictures that accompanied this article are not the mettle of new hires, I’d be ashamed to have that fat chick fixing her hair to tell me to put my hands up.

    • Kane August 19, 2022, 9:00 pm

      What was seen in Germany after 1918 until the 1930’s? Famalies freezing without fuel or shelter and starving,from a lack of food while the economy plundered by greedy country less no-mads and the cruel victores. Oh yeah, most people don’t or can’t take history time line back that far.

  • D.J. August 19, 2022, 12:00 pm

    As a proud American Citizen , I feel so much
    more safe knowing “ paper-pushers “ are
    well armed and prepared to “ blow-away”
    the Citizens they are to serve .

    “ We’re from the government , and here to help . “

  • John Locke August 19, 2022, 11:13 am

    F****n buttercream gang.

  • John Boutwell August 19, 2022, 10:37 am

    Well, who’s going to pay for all student loans and baby momma willingly?

  • EasyEddie August 19, 2022, 10:15 am

    “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.”

  • biden to say HE CREATED JOBS 87,000 that’s all
    and how many of them watched to much NCIS and played too many video games like PIGGY
    makes me not want to pay my taxes now
    you need to start with

    JOE pay your back taxes of $ 500,000 before you became president
    then STACY for her taxs $48,000
    and Sharpton $45,000
    and CLINTON FOUNDATION for over 1 MILLION
    and BILL and HILLARY $50,000
    and 318 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES OWE OVER 3.5 BILLION in back taxes
    and AOC owes $2,461
    so go get them first

  • Joe August 19, 2022, 9:48 am

    Good job all you sheep that voted Democrat in last illegal election. Are you having fun yet?

  • Bob W August 19, 2022, 9:24 am

    I look forward to the day when they defund that lunatic Lauren Boebert. And where does Ted Cancun Cruise think his paycheck comes from.

    • Stan d. Upnow August 19, 2022, 1:52 pm

      Bob, you’re just a moronic, Left-wing ass.

    • Joe August 19, 2022, 3:12 pm

      I look forward to gop being in control again & all you bidenite’s are screaming, whining & crying for 8 yrs.

    • Hondo August 22, 2022, 7:18 am

      I absolutely love Ms. Boebert and Ted Cruz because they make idiots like you Boob W. Foam at the mouth, how does it feel triggered you dope?

  • Tim August 19, 2022, 8:41 am

    I am no fan of this administration and it’s practices. Like wise I think the last thing we need is this many new IRS employees. That being said, The IRS has had a number of agents that were authorized to carry firearms for many decades now. It’s not something new. The job announcement is pretty much the typical job announcement for any government agency that is recruiting for positions where a
    A firearm maybe required. Also I highly doubt that the IRS intends to hire 87000 agents. More likely a small number will be actual agents authorized to carry firearms. The vast majority of new hires will likely be auditors, office workers, etc. I doubt they intend to arm clerical workers. Like I said I don’t think they should hire anyone except for people to process returns, help center employees and replacements due to attrition. The IRS has had a history of abusing their authority and I think it’s foolish to allow them to expand like this.

  • tim August 19, 2022, 8:40 am

    They will be effective though, hard to resist when rolling on the floor laughing.

  • Budd August 19, 2022, 8:28 am

    More meat for the grinder, courtesy of mentally challenged Democrat criminals. I feel sorry for the ones that show up making false claims and demands on people for political reasons. But obviously, the Biden puppets don’t care what happens to them as long as it gives them another talking point.

  • Ole Da Hammer August 19, 2022, 8:23 am

    Every tyrant in modern history politicizes then militarizes the bureaucracy in order to take greater control. These hires will all be vetted to specifically be left-wing kook-aid drinkers. Make NO mistake about that. We are entering very dark waters indeed.

  • Bill August 19, 2022, 8:23 am

    I’m just wondering if they will visit the politicians first. Seems like that would be the first place to look for unpaid taxes and illegal gains!

  • Chuck Matson August 19, 2022, 8:23 am

    Has blue dog it/they applied yet? Sounds like this would be perfect for the little rat.

  • Bill August 19, 2022, 8:22 am

    I’m just wondering if the will visit the politicians first. Seems like that would be the first place to look for unpaid taxes and illegal gains!

    • Bob W August 19, 2022, 9:29 am

      Couldn’t agree more. The first place they should hit is Mira Lago. That mother fucker never paid any taxes his entire life. I know because I’m from New York and we here knew this guy was a crook for the past 50 years.

      • Steven August 19, 2022, 10:20 am

        So true. We NYers knew trump was a crook and a racist way before he even thought about the presidency and he lived up to his full criminal potential.

        • D.J. August 19, 2022, 12:07 pm

          “ Those whom live in glass houses , should
          never throw stones . “

        • Let's go Brandon, FJB August 19, 2022, 1:31 pm

          @steven RRRRREEEE!!!!, TDS much?

        • Mark August 19, 2022, 2:07 pm

          What are these people smoking.if anything asshole Biden is a racist they need to go after crack head biden and the old man.

        • Let's go Brandon, FJB August 19, 2022, 2:09 pm

          @steven, sorry to hear he’s living rent free in your simple mind.

      • Joe August 19, 2022, 8:46 pm

        You New Yorkers couldn’t track the scent of crap if it were smeared on the end of your nose!

      • Hondo August 22, 2022, 7:21 am

        Boob W. It’s Mar-a-Lago , now run along and let the adults talk there genius.

    • krinkov545 August 19, 2022, 10:06 am

      Right after the ATF arrests Hunter Biden for lying on form 4473 and the FBI arrests Hunter for the illegal material that is on his laptop.

      • Bob W August 19, 2022, 11:09 am

        You see I agree with you. Hunter is a piece of crap too just like trump. The difference between us Dems and the other guys is that were not afraid to call out the dirtbags in our party. I won’t defend anyone who puts their party over my great country. America first. FYI. AOC is an asshole too just like MTG and her nut job buddy Boebert. And thank God for America, Hunter Biden is a junkie and not a politician. If he was trumps son he would be Secretary of State.

        • Let's go Brandon, FJB August 19, 2022, 1:33 pm

          @Bob W. Trump did a lot of good for America. Clearly, you’re too ignorant to learn that. Go change your tampon.

        • Let's go Brandon, FJB August 19, 2022, 2:08 pm

          @bob w. Pot meet kettle on calling anyone a piece of crap. Degenerates like are absolutely pathetic. Try getting your TDS looked at. He’s living rent free in your simple mind.

  • Slim August 19, 2022, 8:05 am

    Like ALL things government the picture show the TRUTH! Meaning check out the really well training they’re giving out on how to SIMPLY HOLD a gun… can you say tea cupping?!;) HILARIOUS! Like they ALL don’t want to spill that tea! Reminds me of good ol’ Barney from the Andy Griffith show way back. And not trying to include everyone, but a guy in a WHEEL CHAIR that must be in good enough condition to evade and arrest people… not sure about you guys but ZERO chance that guy could get a HAND on me let alone be able to get me REMOTELY CLOSE to the ground as HOW HARD would it be to SIMPLY TIP HIS ASS RIGHT OVER?! So since he can’t chase a sole any place unless it’s PAVED THE ENTIRE WAY and the guy he’s chasing doesn’t know how to STEP UP ONE SINGLE STEP and get away as the moron IRS agent sits in his chair with an 8” high piece of concrete STOPPING him dead in his literal tracks is the route the IRS is hilariously going! Yeah, this may not be the bs PC way of thinking BUT I’m a LOGIC thinker and I don’t care what you are or where you or family may be from, if your NOT QUALIFIED to do the job like being able to WALK AND RUN then SIMPLY YOU ARE THE WRONG PERSON FOR THE JOB! F the IRS!!!!

  • Iceman47 August 19, 2022, 7:55 am

    Actually we should abolish the IRS and take a bite out of organized crime, no wait, organized crime is gone, that just leaves the IRS so there no competition. Ain’t that the Federal government way?

  • Roger Meyer August 19, 2022, 7:41 am

    Just like Obama tried, Biden is building his own private army, armed and trained to kill, so that it gives him the FORCE necessary to DECLARE HIMSELF RULER for LIFE and, with the Trans military we have, make it stick.

  • Dr Motown August 19, 2022, 7:37 am

    Sadly, Rep Boebert, if the Republicans regain control of the House, they won’t do anything to abolish a pre-existing gubbmint agency or to actually reduce the size of gubbmint either…..they’ll just keep the status quo until Democrats start increasing it again when they inevitably get control of the gavel some day

    • Stan d. Upnow August 19, 2022, 2:11 pm

      History doesn’t Have to repeat itself, but it too often does. The problem is, there are too many “Liz Cheney’s” on the GOP side.

  • srsquidizen August 19, 2022, 7:31 am

    Though I’m thoroughly against adding billions of $ and thousands of agents, the “armed” part is not new. Field agents who audit the “big boys” have been armed for years. A relative retired from IRS carried concealed since the 70’s. What these Democrats apparently want is surly agents with G17’s hanging off their belt barging in on a mom & pop cafes demanding to check the cash register. They will pay for such totalitarian idiocy at the polls.

  • Conservative extremism is comedy August 19, 2022, 7:29 am

    Boebert: flaunts AR rifle and says taxation ia theft and encourages armed violent rhetoric against the govt
    The govt: ok I guess IRS agents will need guns
    Boebert: (while cleaning AR ad watching news report about her violent husband) “explain to me why IRS agents need guns”

    • krinkov545 August 19, 2022, 10:09 am

      Enjoy the flames flamer.

  • Kane August 19, 2022, 7:27 am

    I remember the BHO administration was asking applicants seeking federal employment whether they or members of their family owned firearms. You cannot find this fact online with a simple search any more like so much other important fact based history.

    The US is controlled by dangerous and oppresssive tyrants who are an “existential threat” to normal Americans.

    BHO bought up millions of rounds of ammo years before the senile puppet did the same thing but the American public quickly forgets such issues.

    • krinkov545 August 19, 2022, 10:10 am

      F-BHO
      Fixed it for you!

    • Stan d. Upnow August 19, 2022, 2:16 pm

      Yup, I remember that. Notice how Obama has faded away? Maybe Biden was installed partly for that reason.

      • Kane August 21, 2022, 10:31 pm

        I bet “Big Mike” is making Barry misreable in his retirement.

  • Alex August 19, 2022, 7:19 am

    What a political spin on this story. Anyone that knows just a little bit about law enforcement knows all 1811 for federal government (special agents) carry firearms and yes you have to be willing to use deadly force. The IRS isn’t any different. I’m not thrill about the amount of agents they want to hire cause frankly they are going to weaponized that law enforcement agency against political enemies. Look at what’s going with the FBI and DOJ. Is going to be selective law enforcement. During the Obama years his buddy Al Sharpton owed over 2 million dollars in back taxes. Yet he was hanging out at the White House. I doubt that POS paid his taxes and yet here we are.

  • John Boutwell August 19, 2022, 6:52 am

    Well, taxes were a huge part of our overthrow of the British, no reason to put up with it now.

  • Let's go Brandon, FJB August 19, 2022, 6:41 am

    LOL, that’s cute seeing the cast of High School musical thinking they’re soldiers.

  • Michael Miller August 19, 2022, 3:59 am

    Why does the IRS need police officers?

    • Fal Phil August 19, 2022, 7:24 am

      When the tax collectors are armed and have a directive allowing deadly force, you know you live in a police state.

      • Stan d. Upnow August 19, 2022, 2:23 pm

        It’s the old Roman model.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment August 18, 2022, 5:48 pm

    Seems quite odd to me that they need that many armed agents just to recoup money and enforce the tax code…….You gotta wonder what they are actually going to be doing that requires lethal force…… Then there is the libs on here that say a persons life isn’t worth a car or wallet or phone, well looks like a few bucks is a great price for Mien Furor and his generals so where is the crying over that!

  • bobs your uncle August 17, 2022, 10:21 am

    Isn’t the IRS the only law enforcement agency authorized to use 44 mag?

    • TexDad August 19, 2022, 8:09 am

      Whoa now… Biden has warned us that would blow the soul right out of the body!

      Death and taxes.

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