Don’t Mess with the IRS – Their Budget Includes Guns

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The IRS not only has to deal with taxpayers that are as harmless as you can imagine (think your grandma who wouldn’t hurt a fly), but increasingly, they also have to deal with taxpayers who are involved in such things as identify theft cases which can involve organized crime. Taxpayers come in every size and shape including some with nefarious intent. If you’re an IRS agent with information that you may be dealing with someone who may be a bit more than just unhappy to see you walking up to their door, it’s perhaps a good idea to be armed with a bit more than just your briefcase and some papers.

The IRS has a number of special agents who are trained law enforcement professionals who work in their Criminal Investigation division. Besides a pocket protector and a briefcase, their equipment can include handguns, long guns, bulletproof vests, night vision scopes, body armor, and contraband inspection kits. The IRS has had long standing policies and procedures on such things as “When Force May Be Used”, “Weaponless Control”, “Handcuffs and Restraints”, “When Deadly Force May Be Used”, “Medical and Liability Considerations”, “Emergency Driving” and the list goes on.

To collar some criminals, the path to justice must run first through the Treasury Department (remember Al Capone?). But apparently the IRS is not the only federal agency that must be prepared to deal with people of bad intent. It’s been reported that as many as 67 federal agencies unaffiliated with the Department of Defense have budgets for guns and ammo.

By Dale F. Jensen, CPA