Florida Business Raided by Dozens of Heavily Armed IRS Agents: Is This the New Normal?

Posted by on July 23, 2023 3:04 am

Picture this – a business in Florida raided not by the police, but by dozens of IRS agents armed with tactical gear.

Is this the typical image we associate with tax collectors?

It’s enough to raise eyebrows and spark a flurry of questions about the true role and responsibilities of the IRS.

We’re often led to believe that Democrats stand for gun control.

Yet here we have a federal agency under Joe Biden, which is supposed to be far removed from law enforcement or military duties, equipped with firearms.

Isn’t this a stark contradiction to the Democrats’ usual rhetoric?

The fact that IRS agents, whose primary job is to investigate fraud and tax evasion, are authorized to carry guns and wear tactical gear points to a potential overreach in the scope of their duties.

How dangerous could tax investigation be to warrant such measures?

Moreover, the sheer show of force underscores concerns about the ballooning of government spending and potential misuse of funding boosts for the IRS.

This episode brings to light the Republicans’ earlier criticisms of increased IRS funding, fearing it might lead to aggressive tax enforcement targeting everyday Americans.

The Epoch Times has more details on this terrifying ordeal:

Dozens of armed IRS agents recently raided a Florida business, with witnesses telling a local news outlet that they were stunned by the show of force by the tax agency.

At least 25 to 30 IRS agents in tactical gear executed a search warrant at a business in Stuart, Florida, last week, according to Fox 29.

“It was like a scene from a movie,” an unnamed witness told the outlet. “They had the big gear, tactical gear because they probably didn’t know what they were walking into.”

An IRS spokesperson confirmed to The Epoch Times in an emailed statement that the agents were from the IRS Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) unit, a division whose agents investigate crimes like fraud and tax evasion.

The agents, who are authorized to carry guns as their work can be dangerous, were at the location on “official business,” the spokesperson added.

While details remain scant on the raid, the show of force by IRS agents was noteworthy as it recalled Republican criticism of a funding boost to the agency amid concerns that it would be used to hire more tax enforcers who would target ordinary Americans.

It’s clear that this is an unprecedented and startling display of force.

What’s worse is that it wasn’t even the FBI or local police who carried out the raid.

It was the IRS – and what reason could the IRS possibly have to raid a place with guns?

One witness described as something straight out of a movie.

But this wasn’t a blockbuster film – it was a reality that has many wondering if the IRS’s show of force is justifiable or an alarming overstep.

Even as law enforcement officers with “Police IRS Criminal Investigation” emblazoned on their shirts continued their work, the witnesses expressed their bewilderment.

They had seen nothing unusual or suspicious in the past, just ordinary workers going about their day.

Local news affiliate Fox 29 has more details:

Witnesses said 20-30 undercover cars started pulling into the location around 9:30 in the morning. “It was like a scene from a movie, it was like what! Then they all started coming out. They had the big gear, tactical gear because they probably didn’t know what they were walking into,” said a witness who didn’t want to be identified.

“They were taking boxes in, filling them up and bringing them out, all kinds of big backpacks,” the witness said.

WFLX arrived around 5 p.m. and saw law enforcement officers with shirts that read “Police IRS Criminal Investigation,” coming in and out of a door with the markings of “Tee Off Temps” and “Elite Payroll Solutions.

“Have you ever noticed anything weird or suspicious happening?” Lopez said.

“Never, it’s just the workers. You see them in the morning but there’s nobody coming and going in that place,” the witness said.

This unexpected incident forces us to ask: Is the IRS shifting towards an enforcement role that’s uncomfortably akin to a police operation?

Dive into this article for more on this dramatic IRS raid and the troubling questions it raises about the tax agency’s evolving role.

Joe Biden promised a return to normal.

Instead, we’re getting an expansion of big brother government.