Senate approval of the Democrats’ socialist-style economic plan, which allocated billions of tax dollars to increase the Internal Revenue Service’s workforce, occurred in August of last year.
The “Inflation Reduction Act” (H.R. 5376) was enacted by the House and signed by Vice President Joe Biden. The Internal Revenue Service received $80 billion. The sum represented a 600% increase compared to the $12.6 billion the bureau received in 2021.
The reconciliation plan allowed for an increase of 87,000 personnel, bringing the total number of IRS employees from 78,661 to 165,050. That meant the IRS workforce would surpass the combined 158,779 employees of the Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and Border Patrol.
“The Pentagon houses roughly 27,000 employees, according to the Defense Department, while a human resources fact sheet says the State Department employs just over 77,243 staff. The FBI employs approximately 35,000 people, according to the agency’s website, and Customs and Border Protection says it employs 19,536 Border Patrol agents,” the Washington Free Beacon reported at the time.
According to a current employment posting on the IRS website, the agency continues to seek armed and arrest-authorized “special agents” or criminal investigators in each of the 50 states.
“WE’RE HIRING SPECIAL AGENTS NOW!” is written in all capital letters on the IRS website.
“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.” 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 IRS posting reads.
The following are the “Major Duties:”
- Adhere to the highest standards of conduct, especially in maintaining honesty and integrity.
- Work a minimum of 50 hours per week, which may include irregular hours, and be on-call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.
- Maintain a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job.
- Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.
- 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.
According to the employment posting, the agency is employing at least 360 armed agents in 249 locations across the country.
The IRS advertised the position on USAJobs during the middle of February, and it will remain open until the end of the year. CONTINUE READING…