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IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes
IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

By Associated Press April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.

More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, said a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012.

George's report said the bonus program doesn't violate federal regulations, but it's inconsistent with the IRS mission to enforce tax laws.

"These awards are designed to recognize and reward IRS employees for a job well done, and that is appropriate, because the IRS should encourage good performance," George said. "However, while not prohibited, 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."

Other examples of misconduct by workers getting bonuses included misusing government credit cards for travel, drug use, violent threats and fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits.

The IRS said it has developed a new policy linking conduct and performance bonuses for executives and senior level employees.

"Even without a formal policy in place over the past four years, the IRS has not issued awards to any executives that were subject to a disciplinary action," the IRS said in a statement. "We are also considering a similar policy for the entire IRS workforce, which would be subject to negotiations with the National Treasury Employees Union."

The IRS had about 100,000 workers during the period under review.

In the 2011 budget year, more than 70,000 IRS workers got cash bonuses totaling $92 million, the report said. In the 2012 budget year, nearly 68,000 workers got cash bonuses totaling $86 million.

The report said the IRS considers prior conduct before awarding permanent pay increases. "However, IRS officials stated that the IRS generally does not consider conduct issues when administering other types of awards," the report said.

There are no government-wide policies on providing bonuses to employees with conduct issues, the report said. However, a 1998 law calls for removing IRS employees who are found to have intentionally committed certain acts of misconduct, including willful failure to pay federal taxes.

Tax compliance at the IRS is generally better than at other federal agencies.

In 2011, 3.2 percent of federal workers owed back taxes, according to IRS statistics. The Treasury Department, which includes the IRS, had the lowest delinquency rate, at 1.1 percent.

The delinquency rate for the general public was 8.2 percent.

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04-24-2014 03:13 AM  6 years ago
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Just another reason to simply the tax code so much (flat tax) that the IRS is gutted and reduced to a few dozen envelope lickers.

The IRS has proven to be unmanageable...it can't be fixed in its present form.
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04-24-2014 03:16 AM  6 years ago
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The IRS has proven to be unmanageable...it can't be fixed in its present form.
Its so unmanageable that its easily corruptible.
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04-24-2014 03:25 AM  6 years ago
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Its so unmanageable that its easily corruptible.
And that should make the decision easy.

Replace the IRS with a flat tax (or something similar). What is the worse thing that could happen? Maybe we don't collect enough taxes the first year and we have to raise the debt ceiling...raise the debt ceiling...hahahahahah!

It is time to neuter the IRS by making the tax laws so simple, there is no wiggle room for the IRS.
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04-24-2014 03:28 AM  6 years ago
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And that should make the decision easy.
Oh, I agree. Its way overdue for a flat tax.

But, it will not be done anytime soon.

A corrupt government agency works to benefit only 2 things. The corrupt government agency supported by a corrupt government.
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04-24-2014 04:45 AM  6 years ago
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They Fixed IT :

Give them their bonuses / expenses account's and perk's and retirement's, specialized independent heath care plan's, and golden parachutes, so they can pay their back TAX's off the back sweat of the Citizen's.

They are immune from the very law's they enforce or write just like the politician's.

Let the Ashes fall - Communism -They enforce the Health care LAW
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04-24-2014 04:59 AM  6 years ago
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04-24-2014 01:28 PM  6 years ago
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simpler yet...the Fair Tax. It's got a good grass roots movement here in Florida. The Fair Tax is the fairest taxation system out there. None of us would file a federal tax return ever again. What's simpler than that???
The best book out there on the subject is by Neil Boortz. Well worth the 8 dollars for the paperback book.
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04-24-2014 03:31 PM  6 years ago
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The main problem is that the employees are in a union and the contract the Fed's signed included those bonus's. Union's need to be disbanded.Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends
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04-24-2014 03:44 PM  6 years ago
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right on Z..... even FDR said that unions for public employees was a really really bad idea and should not be allowed.
Not so long ago working a public sector job was a stepping stone to working privately and making more money. Now it's just the opposite (in MOST cases).
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04-24-2014 08:22 PM  6 years ago
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04-24-2014 09:47 PM  6 years ago
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It has nothing to do with the IRS and everything to do with unions. Plenty of other fed offices have the same stupid union contracts.Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends
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04-24-2014 10:07 PM  6 years ago
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Just get a OBAMA FEd Job:

In Any of the 3 Branches -

Then you get to Goose Step around going Zig -Zag -ZIG

If it goes on long enough you get a UNIFORM !

Don't worry about JUSTICE against those that BREAK LAW
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