Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene said Democrats are assembling a new armed “Internal Revenue Service” (IRS) “force” that will target small business owners.
Greene said Friday that the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which is expected soon because of the bill recently backed by moderate Democratic senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, would bring in $80 billion in funds to help the IRS build a new military force. targeting middle-income Americans and small businesses. While the bill will bring in nearly $80 billion in IRS funding over the next decade, some of which could be used to hire new workers, the money is not expected to be used to establish a new military force.
On Friday, Greene tweeted“87,000 IRS agents will be hired with $80 billion dollars from taxpayers when the Senate Reconciliation Bill passes this weekend. And they’re buying more guns and ammunition, too. Low-to-middle-income Americans and small businesses will be the prime targets.” of the new IRS of Democrat force.”
Greene isn’t the only prominent conservative to suggest the IRS stockpiles arms and ammunition as part of a plan to unleash an armed tax-collection force. TNZT News host Tucker Carlson urged viewers to be “very concerned” that the government “treated the IRS like a military agency” Thursday night.
“In 2018, the Government Accountability Office reported that more than 2,000 IRS enforcers have more than 4,000 guns,” he said. Tucker Carlson Tonight viewers. ‘Guns. They kill people, remember? The IRS also stocks more than 5 million ammunition.”
While the IRS has acquired weapons and ammunition for the existing Criminal Investigations Division, the practice is not new and has occurred consistently during the administrations of both Democrats and Republicans.
The IRS division includes about 2,500 special agents who can carry firearms. Officers have been armed since the division was formed in 1919.
The armed agents do not exist to forcibly collect the unpaid taxes from typical American taxpayers. Instead, they typically focus on investigating tax violations by those involved in serious criminal activities, such as money laundering, drug trafficking, and organized crime.
While the Inflation Reduction Act provides money to enforce the collection of unpaid taxes, most IRS enforcement activities do not involve armed agents. There’s also no indication of plans to specifically target middle-income Americans and small business owners.
Greene’s claim that the bill will lead to the hiring of 87,000 new IRS agents appears to be based on the Biden administration last year estimating that 87,000 new IRS employees, not just agents, could be hired in a decade.
Last month, Greene joined three GOP colleagues, including Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, to file a bill called the “Disarm the IRS Act,” which would prevent the agency from acquiring more ammunition.
News week has contacted the IRS for comment.