(CNSNews.com) - As Democrats defend their plan to hire 87,000 additional IRS agents, the Internal Revenue Service already is trying to hire special agents who are "legally allowed to carry a firearm" and are willing to do so; are "willing to use deadly force, if necessary," and are "willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments."
"Click here to apply today!" says the message on "IRS Careers" webpage.
"The IRS is making one of the greatest power grabs I have ever seen in governmental history with 87,000 new agents," said Fox Business host Larry Kudlow, who served as the Director of the National Economic Council during the Trump Administration from 2018 to 2021.
Kudlow told Fox News's Laura Ingraham Wednesday night the burden of IRS audits "will fall on people making under $200,000 a year, not rich people, as Chuck Schumer said today."
"Now, Laura, talk about a power grab from the deep state. Did you see this story? It's on the Fox Business website. They're advertising job postings on the Internet, okay, legally allowed to carry a firearm. Major duties include carrying a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary, and be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants and other dangerous assignments."
"These are the IRS agents. They're supposed to be tax accountants looking at your tax returns. And that's bad enough. These guys, deadly force. I love this.
"You've got to look at this story and report on it. It just goes to show you, more lies. More fraud. The IRS is not going after tax cheats, they're going after middle-income people and small businesses. This is insanity."
Democrats insist that the 87,000 new IRS agents authorized by the Democrats' Inflation Reduction Act will go after wealthy tax cheats, not lower- and middle-class taxpayers.
White House Economic Adviser Jared Bernstein told Fox News on Wednesday that the "long-term defunding of the IRS" has facilitated "tax evasion by wealthy evaders."
Citing the IRS Commissioner, Bernstein said, "IRS resources will not add to audits for households under $400,000, and those same households will not see one penny increase in their taxes based on proposals in the Inflation Reduction Act."
Other analysts disagree, however.
"Now I think what's gotten confused in some of this discussion is that finally reversing the long-term defunding, which is really, in my view, a shadow tax cut for wealthy tax evaders, will not increase audits one iota, according to the commissioner, for families under $400,000, which is about 98 or 99 percent of taxpayers," Bernstein said.
"So, let's be very clear. This is about making sure the top one percent pay the taxes that they owe. I don't think too many people hearing my voice -- would object to that."
Bernstein also drew a distinction between "tax avoidance" and "tax evasion."
"Tax avoidance, we might not like it, but it's not illegal. It is, as you say, between the lines. Tax evasion goes over the line, and that's what we're talking about here. Literally hundreds of billions of dollars -- and it's by far a concentrated among the most wealthy -- not lower or middle income people like you're describing.
"The tax gap - the difference between what is actually owed and what is paid is very much disproportionately a function of those at the very top of the income scale.
"What the Inflation Reduction Act does is it enforces tax -- it enforces paying your taxes for the wealthiest taxpayers, and I don't think anyone, including you two, would object to that contention."