IRS spending millions on weapons, ammunition, gear to weaponize agency against taxpayers
Even as the Treasury Department is set to get billions of dollars in funding to hire tens of thousands of new Internal Revenue Service employees, including armed enforcement agents, the IRS has been beefing up its SWAT cadres with new weapons, ammunition and gear.
Earlier this week, our dementia president, Joe Biden, signed a massive new spending bill that is misnamed the "Inflation Reduction Act," which not only raises hundreds of billions in new taxes but it also spends lavishly on "green new deal" priorities while expanding the size and power of the federal government.
Included in that funding: A huge down payment on the hiring of some 87,000 new IRS staff and agents over the next decade as the agency prepares to shake down tens of millions of average Americans and small businesses as the government struggles to pay the massive interest on its gargantuan $30 trillion-plus national debt.
According to The National Pulse
Reports of the agency’s massive spend on weapons and combat equipment appear to be at odds with its stated purpose of “providing America’s taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities.” It also resurfaces as President Joe Biden deploying 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents to audit Americans.
Prior to the minting of President Biden’s nearly 100,000 new IRS agents, the agency already had a sizable budget, of which tens of millions of dollars had been spent on purchasing military-oriented gear.
In reality, the IRS has been arming up for years, and during both Republican and Democratic administrations and congresses. Between the fiscal years 2006 and 2019, the IRS spent $21.3 million on firearms, ammo, military-style gear and other similar items, stockpiling more than 4,500 firearms -- rifles, handguns, shotguns -- and 5 million rounds of ammunition, enough to outfit an understrength Army division.
According to Open The Books, a government watchdog organization, between the fiscal years 2015 and 2019, the IRS spent roughly $8.7 million, $4.5 million of which was on firearms and ammunition, while the remaining $4-plus million was spent on military and combat gear.
“As of January 1, 2019, the IRS owned 4,600 guns and stockpiled 5 million rounds of ammunition. This included 621 shotguns, 539 long-barrel rifles, [and] 15 submachine guns,” explains Open The Books in its report, “The Militarization of The U.S. Executive Agencies
The firearms and ammo are likely intended for roughly 2,000 IRS special agents who are “investigative forensic accountants utilizing specialized technology to uncover sophisticated schemes to defraud the government, as well as assist in counterterrorism and anti-narcotics efforts,” Open The Books reported.
This number of special agents is only going to grow, by the way, as the agency seeks to hire more personnel than several federal law enforcement agencies combined such as the U.S. Marshals Service, Secret Service and Border Patrol.
William Henck, who previously worked as a lawyer for the IRS until 2017 and who was terminated
for allegedly revealing sensitive information to the media about how the IRS failed to identify a multi-billion-dollar corporate tax credit scheme that involved black liquor, said Democrats' claims the new IRS staff will only target wealthy Americans is a joke.
“The idea that they’re going to open things up and go after these big billionaires and large corporations is quite frankly bulls–t,” Henck told Fox Business
. “It’s not going to happen. They’re going to give themselves bonuses and promotions and really nice conferences.”
“The big corporations and the billionaires are probably sitting back laughing right now,” he continued — which would make sense, given that high earners fund political campaigns.
He went on to say he thought it was “insane” to double the IRS budget, adding that auditors will be going after smallish and medium-sized businesses that don’t have the money to hire high-powered D.C. lobbyists (and lawyers).
“There will be considerable incentive to basically shake down taxpayers
, and the advantage the IRS has is they have basically unlimited resources and no accountability, whereas a taxpayer has to weigh the cost of accountants, tax lawyers — fighting something in tax court,” he told FOX Business.