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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is in the news yet again, this time for a job posting on its website. The agency that enforces and interprets federal tax laws asked its applicants to be able to carry “a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”
Days after Democrats passed through the Senate the Inflation Reduction Act, which appropriates $80 billion to hire 87,000 new employees for the IRS, the agency drew the spotlight for this curious job ad.
The job position consisted of working for the Criminal Investigation Branch, which prosecutes crimes such as identity theft, general tax fraud, cybercrime, and international crimes, among others.
What caught the attention of one user on Twitter was that within the requirements was “a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job” and to be “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”
The IRS is hiring new special agents!
Requirements include working min “50 hours per week, which may include irregular hours, and be on-call 24/7, including holidays and weekends” and “Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”https://t.co/uvwbrAkIit pic.twitter.com/z0aVX6uoMr
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) August 10, 2022
“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 release added.
In addition, one had to be able to carry “a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”
It was precisely the latter that caught the attention of user Ford Fisher, who shared this on his profile and caused the IRS to remove the search.
Currently, the agency has an estimated 78,661 full-time employees. The aforementioned legislation passed in the Senate with the vote of Kamala Harris will allocate $80 billion to “improve” the agency, which includes hiring an additional 87,000 employees over the next ten years.
Joaquín Núñez es licenciado en comunicación periodística por la Universidad Católica Argentina. Se especializa en el escenario internacional y en la política nacional norteamericana. Confeso hincha de Racing Club de Avellaneda. Contacto: [email protected] // Joaquín Núñez has a degree in journalistic communication from the Universidad Católica Argentina. He specializes in the international scene and national American politics. Confessed fan of Racing Club of Avellaneda. Contact: [email protected]