The agency just got an $80 billion cut of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, which it will use to roughly double its ranks by 2031. More than half will go to “enforcement-related” efforts, which includes hiring special agents, who the agency’s job description says will “carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”
“As a Special Agent you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes,” the description states. “Special Agents are duly sworn law enforcement officers who are trained to ‘follow the money.’”
In addition to carrying guns and badges, investigators in the IRS Criminal Investigation branch, who have carried firearms and used special equipment for years, will be outfitted with all the trappings of police officers. Other investigative equipment at their disposal includes fleet and surveillance vehicles, radio communication equipment, body armor, electronic surveillance equipment, audio and video equipment, cameras and lenses, night vision equipment, optical equipment, funds for confidential informants, and something called “padded training suits.” The IRS bought $700,000 in ammunition earlier this year.
The new hires won’t be picked on their merits alone, according to the agency.
“Criminal Investigation Special Agents…