(FreedomBeacon.com)- The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has used tens of millions of dollars worth of taxpayer money to buy firearms, ammunition, and other items with a military aesthetic.
The agency’s stated mission is to “provide top quality service to America’s taxpayers by helping them understand and satisfy their tax duties” however, reports of its enormous spending on weapons and combat equipment appear to conflict with this mission statement. It resurfaces as President Joe Biden deployed 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents to audit American taxpayers.
The Internal Revenue Service already had a substantial budget before President Biden hired roughly 100,000 more agents for the agency. Out of this budget, tens of millions of dollars had been spent on acquiring equipment focused on the military.
The organization spent a total of $21.3 million on firearms, ammo, and equipment like that used by the military between the fiscal years of 2006 and 2019. With these monies, they accumulated a stockpile of 4,500 firearms and five million rounds of ammunition.
The government watchdog group Open The Books investigated the things acquired by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) between the fiscal years 2015 and 2019.
Out of the overall expenditure of $8.7 million, $4.5 million went toward purchasing firearms and ammunition, while the remaining $4.2 million was allocated to purchasing military hardware.
The Internal Revenue Service had a stockpile of 5 million rounds of ammunition and 4,600 firearms as of the first of the year 2019. This includes a total of 621 shotguns, 539 long-barrel rifles, and 15 submachine guns, according to the information provided by Open The Books in a report titled “The Militarization of The U.S. Executive Agencies.”
According to Open The Books, the approximately 2,200 Special Agents employed by the agency are “investigative forensic accountants who utilize specialized technology to uncover sophisticated schemes to defraud the government, as well as assist in counterterrorism and anti-narcotics efforts.” It is believed that these agents will use the weapons and ammunition.
In addition to handguns, the Internal Revenue Service used the millions of dollars granted by taxpayers to buy goods such as long guns, shotgun ammo, night vision scopes, ballistic shields, and various types of body armor.
It is not known if or not President Biden’s increase to the IRS budget mole would result in the agency acquiring more military-style equipment or weapons.