"Be Willing To Use Deadly Force": IRS Sparks Uproar Over Job Posting

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Only two things in life are certain - death and taxes, and the IRS can take care of both.

As the agency prepares to add 87,000 new positions over 10 years, pending the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act that will give the agency $80 billion (half of which will be earmarked to help crack down on tax evasion), an online job posting for "Criminal Investigation Special Agents" has sparked outrage over a "key requirement" that applicants be "legally allowed to carry a firearm."

"Major duties" of the job include "Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary," and "Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments."

While Democrats say the IRS's enhanced collections will raise an additional $124 billion in federal revenue from tax cheats over the next decade, Republicans warn that an army of IRS agents will do nothing but harass small business owners and lower-income workers. According to an analysis by House Republicans, Americans earning less than 75,000 per year will receive 60% of the additional tax audits.
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