Some of the87,000 new agentswhom Democrats propose to hire at the Internal Revenue Service could come with some extra firepower.
On Friday, House Democrats gave final passage to the tax and spending bill they dubbed theInflation Reduction Act, which, among other things, would double the size of the IRS with 87,000 new agentsto beef up enforcement.
As of two years ago, the IRS had an arsenal of 4,600 guns, reportedOpenTheBooks, a government watchdog group.
Two federal investigations in the past decade found that IRS agents had not been sufficiently trained and were accident-prone with the weapons they have. Armed IRS raids on nonviolent taxpayers surfaced as a concern almost 25 years ago during a Senate hearing.
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