IRS Employees Given Bonuses Despite Not Paying Taxes
No one likes paying their taxes. So no one like the Internal Revenue Service. In recent years the IRS’ reputation has suffered due to allegations the agency was targeting Tea Party groups for higher scrutiny. If their suspect reputation could not go down the drain further, it did this week.
The Treasury Inspector General reported that between the dates of October 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012, the IRS paid $2.8 million in employee bonuses. However, some of the employees who received a bonus have been accused of “drug use, making violent threats, fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits, misusing government credit cards and failing to pay their taxes,” The Washington Post reports. “The report said more than 1,100 employees who failed to pay their taxes received discretionary awards of more than $1 million in cash bonuses and more than 10,000 hours in extra paid vacation.”
Over 2,800 employees out of 98,000 were reviewed for performance-based awards despite their conduct issues. The Treasury report also noted: “While not specifically prohibited by IRS policies, providing awards to employees with conduct issues, especially the failure to pay taxes owed to the Federal Government, appears to be in conflict with the IRS’s charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration. In addition, awards provided to these employees could be put to better use by providing employees who are compliant additional opportunities for awards.”
Although the government does not require the IRS to change their human resources policies, the tax agency verified they will do so as it pertains to bonuses (a suggestion noted by the Treasury Inspector General). In a statement, the IRS claimed, “We strive to protect the integrity of the tax system, and we recognize the need for proper personnel policies.”
What do you think of their response? We are not buying what they are selling.