An online job listing for special agents in the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) law enforcement division is causing a stir on social media as Congress prepares to pass spending legislation that would significantly expand the federal agency.
A link to a job posting for “Criminal Investigation Special Agents” appeared to have been briefly removed Wednesday after online criticism of the job’s language, although it reappeared online after a request from FOX Business to the agency.
A “key requirement” for applicants is that they “must be legally authorized to carry a firearm,” and “principal duties” include “carrying a firearm and being prepared to use lethal force if necessary” and “ready and in to be able to.” participate in arrests, execution of search warrants and other dangerous assignments,” the job posting reads.
The requirement that agents be prepared to use “deadly force if necessary” drew widespread criticism online, despite the same language appearing in job postings for other law enforcement agencies such as the FBI.
“The IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent job posting remains open on USAJobs and has not/has not been removed. USAJobs is where these positions are posted and where applicants are referred to apply,” an IRS spokesman told FOX Business.
“The announcement has been open since February 2022 and will last until December 31, 2022.”
The uproar over the post has coincided with criticism of the proposed expansion of the IRS under the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes an $80 billion increase in the IRS over 10 years, with more than half earmarked for it , to help the agency take action against taxes Dodge.
If passed, the money would be used to fill 87,000 IRS positions, more than doubling the agency’s current size. The bill passed the Senate on Sunday, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the casting vote. It now goes to the House of Representatives for a probable vote later this week.
ANALYSIS SHOWS MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS CAN BEAR THE MAJORITY OF THE IRS AUDITS UNDER THE INFLATION BILL
Senate Democrats predicted that improving IRS funding could bring in an additional $124 billion in federal revenue over the next decade by hiring more tax enforcers who can target wealthy individuals and corporations trying to evade taxes.
But Republicans warn that the bill will fund an army of IRS agents to crack down on small business owners and low-income workers. Americans earning less than $75,000 a year are set to receive 60% of the additional tax checks expected under the Democrats’ spending package, according to analysis released by House Republicans.
The analysis, which is a conservative estimate based on current audit rates and tax filing data, shows that those earning $75,000 or less in annual income would be subject to 710,863 additional IRS audits, while those earning more than $1 million , 52,295 more checks would be received under the bill.
Overall, according to the analysis, the IRS would conduct more than 1.2 million additional annual audits of Americans’ tax returns. Another 236,685 of the estimated additional audits would target individuals with annual incomes between $75,000 and $200,000.
Democrats insist Americans who make less than $400,000 are not targeted by agents hired on the basis of the spending bill.
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Responding to criticism of the expected increase in tax audits under the bill, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said Thursday that “audit rates” will not increase compared to recent years.
The IRS did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ inquiry as to why the special agent job posting was deleted.
Fox News’ Thomas Catenacci and Megan Henney contributed to this report.