After reports from last year indicating that the IRS planned to aggressively expand, hiring thousands of new armed agents, more details are starting to come to light about how that will affect everyday American citizens.
During a congressional hearing, IRS Commissioner Danny confirmed that the agency plans to hire thousands of new armed agents that will be active in all 50 states.
Werfel said that there would be a net gain of 1,200 agents, a significant increase of more than 150% from the current 2,100 employed by the IRS.
There are currently 350 job openings that the IRS is looking to fill this year, with the job description on the website saying that agents must be “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”
House Republicans have continued to increase scrutiny on federal enforcement agencies that have a history of enforcing the law in a politically biased way with the creation of the ‘Weaponization of the Federal Government’ subcommittee chaired by Representative Jim Jordan (R-Oh.).
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The Epoch Times Reports–
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is hiring armed tax agents nationwide to bolster the ranks of its criminal investigations division as the Biden administration seeks to beef up enforcement of tax laws with $80 billion in new funding.
IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel confirmed during a Thursday hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee that the IRS Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) unit plans to hire additional staff who are authorized to carry guns.
Werfel was responding to a question from Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) about whether an estimated 360 new armed agents would be hired per year over the next five years for a net gain of 1,200 after attrition due to resignation and retirement.
The IRS replied that Smith’s estimate sounds “about right,” though he added that they would not be used to increase the number of tax audits.
“Our CI division or Criminal Investigation Division, they do not conduct audits,” Werfel said. “What they do is, they are investigating acute issues of fraud and tax evasion. And typically, they’re armed when they’re putting themselves in danger.”