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Yes, the IRS is hiring criminal investigators empowered to use deadly force — but here’s some important context

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Yes, the IRS is hiring criminal investigators empowered to use deadly force — but here’s some important context

The Internal Revenue Service’s operations are catching heat as it looks increasingly likely the tax agency is bound for an $80 billion budget boost under the Democrats’ proposed spending plan — and now there’s intense attention being focused on IRS workers who actually pack heat. It started as criticism from Republican leaders that the tax-collecting agency would bring on 87,000 new employees to “target regular, everyday Americans” with the $80 billion earmarked for the IRS in the Inflation Reduction Act reconciliation bill, which looks poised to become law. Now there’s an online stir over job postings for IRS special agents who carry guns as part of their work with the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division.