IRS removes job advertisement looking for applicants willing to “use deadly force”

The IRS recently deleted an advertisement for a Special Agent job in which the applicant would need to be “willing to use deadly force” for the Criminal Investigation division of the IRS. The post was deleted as criticism of the IRS increased in response to a funding package supported by Democrats that would greatly expand the size of the agency.

The job posting stated, “As a Special Agent you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes.” It continued, “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 posting also listed “Major Duties” of the position, including “a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job,” and being “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.” Additionally, the job post noted that qualified applicants will have to carry “a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.” The post was removed on Monday after documentarian Ford Fischer shared the job announcement on Twitter and received thousands of interactions.

The Special Agents in the CI team have been trained for years to use firearms. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, each agent is given one handgun for their entire career. The CI team works on crimes including identity theft, general tax fraud, cybercrimes, foreign crimes, and more. The CI unit also has agents stationed in 11 foreign countries.

The job posting came as the Democrat-sponsored “Inflation Reduction Act,” narrowly passed with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the deciding vote. The measure allots $79.6 billion to the IRS over 10 years to “enhance” the agency. The money will reportedly be used for taxpayer services, enforcement, operational support, and the upgrading of business systems.

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