The IRS deleted a job posting Wednesday seeking a Special Agent “willing to use deadly force” for its law enforcement division, Criminal Investigation (CI). The deletion came amid renewed scrutiny of the IRS in response to a Democrat-backed spending bill that would double the size of the agency.
“As a Special Agent you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes,” the job advertisement read.
“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 job posting continued.
The “Major Duties” listed in the job description included “a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job,” and being “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”
It also included a requirement of carrying “a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”
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
Special Agents in the CI team are not new and have been trained to handle handguns, shotguns and long guns for years. Agents are issued one handgun for their career, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
The IRS’ 2021 Annual Report highlights that the CI team focuses on crimes including identity theft, general tax fraud, cyber crimes, international crimes, and more.
The CI team also has Special Agent attaches stationed in 11 foreign countries.
The post was deleted Monday after the job notice was shared on Twitter by documentarian Ford Fischer, garnering thousands of interactions.
The IRS did not immediately respond to an inquiry from National Review asking why they deleted the job posting.
The Democrat-backed spending bill, the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act,” was narrowly passed on Sunday by the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the decisive vote.
The bill allocates $79.6 billion dollars to the IRS over the next ten years to “enhance” the agency, including funding for taxpayer services, enforcement, operations support, and business systems modernization.