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US tax collector prepares new agents to use ‘deadly force'

Added 08-12-22 12:37:03am EST - “The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) quietly edited an online job listing which said new hires must be willing to shoot to kill” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “US tax collector prepares new agents to use ‘deadly force’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The US tax authority has come under fire after posting a job offer warning that new agents must be prepared to wield “deadly force” against suspects, amid heightened concerns about heavy-handed tactics by the IRS as it seeks to hire thousands of new enforcers. 

An IRS job form seeking ‘Criminal Investigation Special Agents’ was briefly taken offline and edited on Wednesday after its language stoked uproar on social media, according to Fox and other outlets. Though a previous version of the page (archived August 10) noted that “major duties” of the job would include carrying a firearm and being “willing to use deadly force, if necessary,” the listing visible on Thursday evening no longer contains that requirement.

Journalist Ford Fischer was among the first to note the verbiage about ‘deadly force’ in a series of tweets on Wednesday. Less than 24 hours later the agency had taken down the notice, removed the offending bullet-point and reuploaded it.

The IRS is hiring new special agents! Requirements include working min “50 hours per week, which may include irregular hours, and be on-call 24/7, including holidays and weekends” and “Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”https://t.co/uvwbrAkIitpic.twitter.com/z0aVX6uoMr

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

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