I've always wondered how a flat tax with zero deductions would work, 95 percent of the IRS could be let go, you're in the "Off Topic" sub forum, just start the thread.This could easily turn into a long discussion that has nothing to do with firearms. Maybe there's a TaxTalk forum?
Armed tax agents?Back on topic.
The IRS supposedly spent $700k on ammo. What are we talking.... about 3 million rounds? It's estimated there are 2000 IRS agents involved with criminal investigations who are armed. That's not a lot of ammo per agent when you consider they have to undergo firearms training. I've shot that much myself on a weekend now and then.
Show me the last time an IRS agent used a weapon after about 1970.DungFu: I'll take Law Enforcement for $300, Mr. Trebek
Alex: Very well. And the answer is...
Federal agency that investigates tax evasion and related financial crimes.
DungFu: Who is the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit?
Alex: Correct DungFu. The IRS has had its own armed field agents for over 100 years.
They were given the authority to carry right after prohibition ended, to arrest illegal alcohol production as it evaded tax.I'm pretty sure nobody publishes that data. Other than there are approximately 3000 arrests annually.
The IRS CI are involved with Legal Source Tax Crimes (basically tax cheaters that probably don't involve violence); Illegal Source Financial Crimes (All types of fraud and tax evasion, such as illegal gambling or casinos or currency crimes); and Narcotics Related and Counterterrorism Financial Crimes (money laundering or financing of terrorist activity).
The ATF is mainly responsible for enforcing illegal stills now. It's been a long time since the Treasury "T men" and also US Marshalls chased after moonshiners and bootleggers. Now moonshiners have their own reality TV shows. As I'm sure you know, Treasury Agents (now the mainly IRS) are about making sure Uncle Sam gets his money. Some of them are very organized criminal organizations with weapons.
One might ask why the FBI doesn't handle arresting tax cheats and the like. You need a time machine to go back and ask J Edgar Hoover that question.
State and local law enforcement are generally not qualified or staffed to investigate financial crimes. They bring in Feds for that.
More broadly, lots of Federal government agencies have agents that carry arms. The Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Park Service, the EPA, Postal Inspectors, Federal Reserve agents, NOAA, NIH, and even the Library of Congress have armed groups. There are many more. Nothing new about any of that. Some may find it interesting that in many states railroad bulls (cops) are often armed and have arrest authority and can arrest without a warrant.
The NC Wildlife gal in my area who checks people for fishing licenses has a Glock strapped to her duty belt. I'm fine with that. She noticed the shotgun racked to the center console on my skiff and thought it was cool.
My Godfather was an FBI agent. After graduating from the Academy at Quantico he was not involved in any activity involving firearms during his entire 25 years.
Fun fact: It wasn't until 1934 that FBI agents were given authority to carry firearms.