REPORT: The IRS Is Paying Bonuses To Employees Who Cheated On Their Taxes

In the real world, employees who perform poorly don’t typically get bonuses. Employees who cheat or behave in unethical ways get fired. But in the world of government jobs none of that apparently matters. Some people who work for the IRS and have cheated on their taxes are still getting bonuses.

The Washington Times reports:

IRS still paying bonuses to tax cheat employees

The IRS is still paying bonuses to nearly 2,000 bad employees, including more than two dozen who were actual tax-cheats themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a new report this week.

The audit suggests the tax agency’s efforts to crack down on bonuses have not fully succeeded, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

IRS screening did stop more than 1,000 employees with tax problems from getting bonuses, but 1,962 employees with discipline problems — and 26 who had been found to have intentionally cheated on their tax returns — were still paid bonuses in 2016 and 2017, topping $1.7 million.

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Other employees who weren’t in full compliance but hadn’t been flagged for discipline also snuck through, the inspector general said.

The IRS promised to study the issue.

This would never be tolerated in the private sector and it certainly should be acceptable for government employees.


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