The federal legislation will include 87,000 new IRS employees and has already drawn the ire of conservatives, who argue that it will target Middle America, harm small businesses, raise prices, and undermine the US energy sector.
According to the Internal Revenue Service’s commissioner, these new agents “will not” use the $80 billion in new funding to increase audits of low-income and middle-income Americans. Many – especially after Monday’s FBI raid on Trump Tower – are not convinced.
Even more abuse, the IRS has just posted a new career opportunity for special agents. And the description is rather concerning.
It demands “at least 50 hours per week,” and it specifies that new hires must keep a weapon with them and be willing to use “deadly force” if required.
It appears as though the phrase “willing to use deadly force” was added sometime between September 22, 2021, and January 31, 2022.
The IRS, according to a job description obtained by blue-check Ford Fischer of News2Share, “will combine accounting expertise with law enforcement abilities to investigate financial misbehavior.”
“All money earned, both legal and illicit, has the potential of being connected to criminal activities that fall within IRS Criminal Investigation’s jurisdiction,” it continued.
Furthermore, Fischer stated that the IRS spent roughly $700,000 “between March and June 1” on ammunition.
$45.6 billion in “enforcement-related funds” will be provided as part of the recently passed legislation, accounting for more than half of the expenditures.
According to a letter from the IRS commissioner, this is how Rettig tried to clarify those dollars in a CNBC report:
As a result of the resources in the reconciliation program, we’ll be returning to historical norms in critical areas for the federal agency — large companies and global high-net-worth individuals — as well as new topics like pass-through companies and international tax concerns, where sophisticated, specialized teams are required to unpack complicated structures and identify non-compliance.
“It’s not about expanding audit scrutiny on small firms or middle-income Americans,” Rettig added.
“Our usage of these resources is meant to adhere to the Department of the Treasury’s requirement that audit rates will not increase relative to recent years for families earning less than $400,000,” he added.
Americans are rejecting the IRA and White House messaging, according to a recent poll.