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Monday, 26 September 2022 06:34 GMT

New tax collectors in US train them to use "deadly force"


(MENAFN) As the IRS looks to hire thousands of new enforcers, there are growing concerns about the IRS using harsh methods to enforce its laws. As a result, the US tax authority has caused a stir by posting a job offer warning that new agents must be ready to use "deadly force" against suspects.

According to Fox News and other media outlets, an IRS job application for "Criminal Investigation Special Agents" was briefly taken offline and edited on Wednesday after its language sparked outrage on social media. The listing that was available on Thursday night no longer mentions the requirement to carry a firearm and be "willing to use deadly force, if necessary," as it did in an earlier version of the page (archived on August 10).

One of the first people to notice the reference to "deadly force" in a string of tweets on Wednesday was journalist Ford Fischer. The agency removed the offending bullet-point from the notice, reuploaded it, and took it down less than 24 hours later.

“The IRS Criminal Investigation special agent job announcement continues to be open on USAJobs and has not [been]/was not taken down,” an IRS representative informed Fox Business, however, provided no explanation for the apparent edit.

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