Following the successful passing of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, the IRS is ready to go on a recruiting spree for thousands of new agents with taxpayers’ money.
The agency was given an $80 billion cut from the Inflation Reduction Act, which it will use to double its ranks by 2031. About $40 billion was budgeted for “enforcement-related” efforts, including the recruitment of special agents, who the agency’s job description says will carry weapons and be willing to use violence and force when necessary.
The description states, “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.’“
The description also adds that investigators in the IRS Criminal Investigation branch, who have carried firearms and used special equipment for years, will be equipped with all the trappings used by the police department.
The IRS is hiring new special agents!— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) August 10, 2022
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.”https://t.co/uvwbrAkIit pic.twitter.com/z0aVX6uoMr
Earlier this year, it was reported that the IRS spent $700,000 on ammunition. This money was spent on 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 padded training suits.
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It seems like the IRS has been preparing for this development for a while as they were quick to move into action, and the public can’t help but remain cynical about what future this questionable development holds.
IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said in a letter to the senate that the middle class has nothing to worry about regarding this expansion.
“These resources are absolutely not about increasing audit scrutiny on small businesses or middle-income Americans. As we’ve been planning, our investment of these enforcement resources is designed around the Department of the Treasury’s directive that audit rates will not rise relative to recent years for households making under $400,000.“
However, observers have remained unconvinced as all facts indicate that the middle class is the target. Nonpartisan watchdog Joint Committee on Taxation also estimated that a sizeable percentage of the funds the IRS would spend on increasing its size will come from the pockets of small businesses.
Biden wants to hire 87,000 IRS agents.— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) July 29, 2022
There are less than 1,000 billionaires in America.
This is not about auditing billionaires.
Executive vice president at National Taxpayers Union Foundation Joe Hinchman said, “The IRS will have to target small and medium businesses because they won’t fight back. 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.“
Finally, Rettig wrote in his letter, “I cannot be forceful enough in emphasizing that these resources will be transformative for the agency and for American taxpayers“, and one is left to wonder if that was supposed to calm the taxpayers or if it was an indirect threat to them.