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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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timhall91 April 24 2014 at 7:32 AM

Bonuses special time off. And people wonder why there is a huge deficit in this country. THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY AND NEEDS TO BE FIXED!!!

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linwell April 24 2014 at 7:21 AM

Freakin typical government above all the laws they pass. So sick of them.

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jelison April 24 2014 at 7:05 AM

Why did they are the very least deduct the unpaid taxes from the bonuses?

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erickhelsing April 24 2014 at 6:56 AM

The IRS is under Obama's wing.

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Jeff April 24 2014 at 6:44 AM

The IRS can pay my back taxes with the money they gave out in bonuses!!! Cus I aint paying them.

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printquick April 24 2014 at 7:27 AM

They don't link tax issues with bonuses?? Since when, if I owed taxes and got a bonus they would take it???

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printquick April 24 2014 at 7:26 AM

absolute power corrupts absolutley. And now they are in charge of forcing you to get health insurance.

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chefjohnp April 24 2014 at 7:42 AM

The epitome of a fair and just government agency. What a farce!!!!!!!

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jcbstz April 24 2014 at 7:32 AM

Just more sweeping government scandals

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Hey Handsome April 24 2014 at 7:22 AM

Just one more reason why this band of outlaw bullies should be replaced by a flat tax and then prosecute and imprison these criminals!

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