From GOP chair to militias, the right issues baseless warnings about armed IRS thugs

From Gop Chair To Militias, The Right Issues Baseless Warnings About Armed Irs Thugs - Ccoo6Uqyxyi63Omywkvwr5Mena
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A lot of federal agencies with seemingly obvious mandates have a wider range of functions than you might expect. The Secret Service is responsible for policing money counterfeiting. The Agriculture Department runs the food-stamp program. And the Internal Revenue Service, in addition to running an archaic, complex paper-based system for tracking tax returns, has an enforcement arm that serves as the literal tax police.

It makes sense, once you think about it. The IRS’s criminal investigation unit, as the enforcement group is called, is tasked with “investigating potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code, and related financial crimes, in a manner that fosters confidence in the tax system and compliance with the law,” as the agency described in a recent job posting.

That posting had provoked an enormous amount of agitation, largely on the right, because of its direct description of the duties the job entailed. Those hired…

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This article was written by Philip Bump and originally published on