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IRS employees who owed back taxes given bonuses

IRS Employees Who Owed Back Taxes Given Bonuses

An audit for the IRS - ironic, right? But, it appears this one turned up some dirt. News 12 Connecticut reports that the IRS is facing major criticism, and NBC calls it a "startling revelation."

According to a new report, the IRS paid nearly $3 million dollars, from 2010 to 2012, to employees facing disciplinary problems at work.

The kicker? About $1 million of that was given to around 1,100 employees who are reportedly in trouble over tax-related issues.

As CNN reports, those tax-related issues include "willful understatement of tax liabilities, late payments and under-reporting of income."

... Which sounds to us like cheating on your taxes.

The study was done by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, who, as the Los Angeles Times reports, came to this rather understandable conclusion: "Providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict with the IRS's charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration."

Quoting the report, CBS says the problem is: "The IRS does not consider tax compliance or other misconduct when issuing performance awards."

As The Washington Post reports, the IRS is working to fix the issue by "developing a policy linking conduct to performance awards."

This isn't the only bad press for the tax agency in recent months, though. WJLA says last year the IRS took heat for allegedly singling out tax exempt conservative and tea party groups for closer scrutiny.

As Fox News reports the 1,100 employees with tax-related problems were also granted more than 10,000 hours in time-off rewards. Around 100,000 workers were employed by the IRS during the period of the review.

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socsecman April 24 2014 at 12:36 PM

If this sort of thing comes as a shock to you then you must have just fallen off the turnip truck. Too often those who are suppose to enforce the law are "freed" from it through a lack of supervision, personal honesty and integrity and continued administration corruption and a lack of willingness to hold people responsible for their actions. Remember, they are still blaming George Bush for the current state of economic affairs. What a bunch of dummies.

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BLACKMAN April 24 2014 at 11:58 AM

And think about all the people who have lost homes, cars, saving, threats to from them to take whatever folks have worked hard to just keep their heads above water. Every year we panic about what we owe and here the govt is has gotten crooks, working there. And just to think our Post Office ain't worth nothing either.They need to get rid of current worker's and start over with people who take pride in servicing folks. Who watching these people?

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becky April 24 2014 at 11:58 AM

Ensuring the integrity of the IRS. I guess integrity doesn't mean what it used to.

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dg4015 April 24 2014 at 5:32 PM

Yeah Obama made such a big deal about bonuses for private sector employers but here it is the gov,t is doing the same thing. To big to control the out of control government just wastes our tax dollars.

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lylenpat April 24 2014 at 11:51 AM

Any body look at the other Federal Agencies, let alone the IRS. Speaking of Bonus's to Federal Employee's, why doesn't the military folks get a bonus for how many enemy combatants they kill or capture. Sounds stupid, well so does giving Federal Employee's bonus's. What you say, you need to do that to retain them, Bull pucky, if they need an incentive to keep their job, then let em go and see how they react to what is out there in the real world market. I wonder how many IRS employee's would be needed if the Politicians in Congress would really, really simplify the Individual tax codes,,,,,,LIKE NO TAXES ON INDIVIDUALS AND JUST DO A NATIONAL CONSUMPTION TAX. that would mean 150,000,000 or so, NO FILINGS TO DEAL WITH. Just think how many IRS workers could concentrate on those nasty ITIN tax cheats sending billions of tax payer monies to MEXICO and ELSEWHERE for child tax credits.

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twiggymonsterone lylenpat April 24 2014 at 11:58 AM

IRS employees are not federal employees, they are like federal licensed but NOT a federal agency. They wield federal powers but it's a federal government based business.

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raceitarx2 lylenpat April 24 2014 at 12:04 PM

I think we need to seriously look at the 800,000 non-essential workers that get "laid off" (they always receive the back pay) every time the budget gets stuck. Imagine how easy it would be to balance the budget and possibly even reduce the national debt.

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Buckingham's April 24 2014 at 11:50 AM

Don't steal from the IRS. They hate competition.

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Karissa April 24 2014 at 5:35 PM

The hardest part to believe about this whole article is that it was at all a 'stunning revelation' as NBC called it. The IRS needs scrutiny, it needs intense scrutiny, and it needs accountability. This is not the first scandal in recent years.

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jigokurei Karissa April 24 2014 at 5:56 PM

Uh-hum; they fail to mention the Republican's calling out the IRS for a similar fault. Its funny that when it is against Libs, they finally squeal like little pigs.

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bernie706 April 24 2014 at 5:41 PM

Crooks watching the crooks

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EfinTwistedT bernie706 April 24 2014 at 9:28 PM

who's watching the crooks?
we are ; )

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fcmean April 24 2014 at 5:44 PM

abolish the IRS. now.

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jigokurei fcmean April 24 2014 at 5:54 PM

One day, it will happen...but probably not during our lifetime. However, there is real Hope.

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masterofthehowz April 24 2014 at 11:44 AM

I want a bonus for paying my taxes on time!!

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