In the Internal Revenue Service 2021 annual report, IRS Criminal Investigation special agents can be observed simulating an armed assault on a suburban home at the agency’s National Criminal Investigation Training Academy (NCITA), located within the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia.
According to the IRS, these IRS-CI agents are “are among the most highly trained financial investigators in the world” and train for 6 months.
While training at the NCITA, new IRS-CI special agents begin an 11-week Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) run by FLETC, where they learn firearms training and other traditional law enforcement tactics.
“CITP covers topics common to all federal law enforcement agents, including basic criminal investigation skills, federal criminal law, courtroom procedures, enforcement operations, interviewing skills, and firearms training,” the IRS report states.
While conducting firearms training, IRS-CI special agents wear tactical clothing that reads “POLICE” and “IRS-CI.”
“Following CITP, new special agent trainees take a 14-week NCITA Special Agent Investigative Techniques (SAIT) course. The SAIT program trains new agents in tax law, evidence gathering, interviewing, report writing, methods of proving unreported income, and money laundering violations,” the report continues.
Among various photographs of armed IRS-CI special agents include one that depicts them raiding a suburban home, with guns drawn.
“It also provides physical fitness conditioning and use of force training, which includes firearms, weaponless tactics, and building entry,” the annual report reads.
“In addition to SAIT, NCITA assists in providing advanced training to special agents in use of force, firearms instruction, defensive tactics, and building entry.”
“IRS:CI special agents receive regular refresher training. They attend quarterly training in firearms, defensive tactics, and building entry,” the report reads.
“Through frequent use of force training, they maintain their skills and abilities to ensure good judgement and to apply the appropriate degree of force necessary to safely carry out enforcement activities, including issuing search warrants, arrests, surveillance, dignitary protection, undercover activities, and seizures.”
Read the full 49-page long IRS 2021 annual report here.
The Biden administration and Democrats have recently come under scrutiny over their “Inflation Reduction Act,” which allocates nearly $80 billion to the IRS, with $45.6 billion going to “enforcement.” Among other provisions in the controversial spending bill include an additional hiring of 87,000 more IRS agents.
The administration, along with Democrats who support the bill, insist that the newly expanded force of IRS agents will not target lower and middle class Americans with audits, but instead the rich, who are vastly outnumbered by everyone else.
However, some have noted that over 75% of IRS audits targeted Americans making under $200,000 per year.