IRS “willing to use deadly force,” seeks additional agents in effort to double size of agency

The IRS has pulled a job announcement, one seeking applicants “willing to use deadly force.”

The online posting, which covered the Criminal Investigation division series of careers, was reportedly deleted in response to criticism over a bill that would double the size of the Internal Revenue Service.

“As a Special Agent you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes,” the job listing 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 listing, which was screenshotted and subsequently posted to Twitter, demands that the applicant accept working “a minimum of 50 hours per week, which may include irregular hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.”

Another requirement demanded that agents “carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary,” as well as “be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”

The posting drew mass criticism from netizens and politicians alike.

“Last week, Democrats in the House passed a bill to ban Americans from buying AR-15s, calling the AR-15 a ‘weapon of war,’ Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie tweeted with a screenshot of the image. “They exempted [the] IRS from the ban. This week they will add tens of thousands of IRS agents to the budget. Meanwhile, they posted this.”

“Our democracy is in grave danger. Government institutions – from DOJ, DHS to the IRS – are blatantly being weaponized against political opponents of those in power,” former Democratic Senator and US Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Tulsi Gabbard tweeted. “Being punished by the state for dissenting or merely asking questions is the hallmark of a dictatorship.”

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