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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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Chris April 24 2014 at 12:05 PM

Now really, is anyone suprised? Too bad our young men and women that serve our country, don't get a fat bonus when they get home from war. Well, we keep voting the idiots in as our congress. When they take the oath of office to support the Constitution Of The United States, is that another lie. Where else can you work, screw up, and still get a nice bonus. Isn't this a great country or what.

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Fred April 24 2014 at 4:12 PM

For the level of education and training necessary to fill supervisory positions in the Internal Revenue Service that there is no link of performance to compliance says to me , "Bullsh*t!"
Typical Federal Bureaucratic BS and one more reason this agency needs to be torn apart and rebuilt.
This is a culture in need of a radical paradigm shift!

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Jim C April 24 2014 at 11:30 AM

THe only way to end abuse is to eliminate the IRS and the entire tax code as it written. Replace it with a national sales tax where ALL exchanges of value are subject to a small % tax payment at time of sale.

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hudsonestimating April 24 2014 at 4:19 PM

Politics who slept with who

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vietnamvet1967 April 24 2014 at 4:20 PM

IRS , what a joke they are

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EfinTwistedT vietnamvet1967 April 24 2014 at 4:48 PM

check out "Anon TH, or Anonymous"

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take1pro April 24 2014 at 4:22 PM

IRS has to go! For this country to regain economic stability the corrupt tax system must be eliminated and a flat tax of 10% instituted. Simple to manage no exceptions: make a dime pay a penny; make a million pay 100K. No deductions no off-shore holdings. Take government out of your wallet and you'll see this nation return to being what socialist despise -- American's exceptionalism!

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EfinTwistedT take1pro April 24 2014 at 5:17 PM

we can sit and talk, complain, contemplate and so on.
while they continue to pillage and rape..
Or, we can stand and force a change.
paper local towns with the truth. be the action
for the changes that you hope to see.
get people involved, end the ignorance that forces
we the people to slide backward instead of rolling forward.
; ) ; ) ; ) ; ) ; ) ; ) ; ) ; ) ; ) ; ) ; )

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maryflagg April 24 2014 at 11:18 AM

Once, years ago, my refund didn't come. I called. They sent me a letter I could not understand, but eventually we deciphered that they kept the money to pay my FORMER husband's arrearage in child support. I attempted to explain that he was no longer my husband and it was not my child. They didn't care.
I thought people in public sector jobs did not get bonuses -- This just shocks me for so many reasons.

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acmeme maryflagg April 24 2014 at 11:34 AM

How do you fight systems that make up their own laws ?

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vietnamvet1967 April 24 2014 at 4:22 PM

They do not need Bonus's they are paid enough, one senator said so they can keep them from Leaving HELLO, they are the Problem DUMB NUTS

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wal5we vietnamvet1967 April 24 2014 at 5:25 PM

Hey DUMB NUTS....you don't like the raises the IRS got write your congressman......Congress authorizes their bonuses. IRS, by law, has to collect the taxes CONGRESS approves....got it?

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daradams wal5we April 24 2014 at 5:48 PM

No they do not... The Congress (both parts) is calling for an investigation.. Get up on your facts before you blather..

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EfinTwistedT wal5we April 24 2014 at 9:52 PM

hey chithead, congress is trickled down from national govt.
it's all corrupt
money talks and BS walks : x

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WEN April 24 2014 at 11:16 AM

It is time this administration started to straighten out some of the poor decisions various departments have been making. It is called leadership and non is apparent. What citizen not working for the IRS would be rewarded for not paying their lawful tax?? Howe crazy can it get?

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David April 24 2014 at 11:15 AM


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