IRS Is Targeting Americans By Hiring Gun-Carrying Agents

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is currently seeking to recruit special agents across all 50 states who are authorized to carry firearms and make arrests, as indicated in a job posting on the agency’s official website.

The Criminal Investigation (CI) division of the IRS, which serves as the law enforcement arm of the agency, is currently recruiting individuals for the role of special agents across various locations in the United States. Special agents within the IRS-CI division hold the exclusive authority, granted by law, to carry and utilize firearms. Their responsibilities encompass investigating a range of financial crimes, including money laundering, tax-related identity theft and efforts related to terrorist financing.

The position description outlines that agents will undergo training to effectively “follow the money” and undertake the prosecution of financial crimes.

The job posting reads, “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.”

As stated in the “major duties” section of the job posting, the IRS specifies that special agents “carry a firearm; must be prepared to protect him/herself or others from physical attacks at any time and without warning and use firearms in life-threatening situations; must be willing to use force up to and including the use of deadly force.”

Furthermore, IRS-CI special agents are expected to be “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.” The job posting also emphasizes the importance of maintaining a suitable level of physical fitness that enables special agents to effectively respond to life-threatening situations encountered during their duties.

Prospective applicants must satisfy various additional criteria, which include holding U.S. citizenship and falling within the age range of 21 at the completion of the training academy to 37 at the time of appointment.

Prospective special agents applying to the IRS’ Criminal Investigation division are required to successfully undergo pre-employment medical and tax examinations. Additionally, they must pass a drug test and meet the legal requirements for firearm possession.

Last year, the IRS received criticism when a comparable job posting was published during a congressional debate surrounding the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act. The proposed act allocated an additional $80 billion in funding for the IRS over a ten-year period, with a significant portion intended to enhance the agency’s efforts in combating tax evasion.