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April 23, 2014

A government report says, "For Fiscal Year 2011, the IRS awarded almost $92 million in cash and almost 520,000 hours of time off to 70,500 of its approximately 104,400 employees.  For Fiscal Year 2012, the IRS awarded $86 million in cash and almost 490,000 hours of time off to 67,870 of its approximately 98,000 employees.  These awards are designed to recognize and reward IRS employees for their performance.  Oversight and control over these awards is important to ensure proper stewardship of Government funds and the effectiveness of the awards system."

The report then adds, "more than 2,800 employees with recent substantiated conduct issues resulting in disciplinary action received more than $2.8 million in monetary awards, more than 27,000 hours in time-off awards, and 175 quality step increases.  Among these, more than 1,100 IRS employees with substantiated Federal tax compliance problems received more than $1 million in cash awards, more than 10,000 hours in time-off awards, and 69 quality step increases within a year after the IRS substantiated their tax compliance problem.

Translation?

Some IRS employees with discipline problems and tax liabilities are still getting bonuses.

From our source we read:
A new report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is unlikely to improve the picture. This latest watchdog report covers the payment of performance bonuses to IRS employees as well as various other incentives and award payments. That may sound like a yawn except for a key fact that is likely to shock most people in the business world.

When the IRS awards performance bonuses, the report states, the IRS doesn’t distinguish between an employee who is unimpeachable and one who has been cited for misconduct. Come again, you ask? You heard right.


Cash bonuses, time off awards and other perks are awarded by the IRS. But the report says that IRS employees with misconduct and other faults still get the bonuses and other perks. This is hardly an isolated problem. The report reveals that the IRS brass handing out the awards simply did not consider employee misconduct.

How is that possible? Well, even something as fundamental as tax compliance issues–like employees of the tax agency failing to pay their own taxes–was not sufficient to nix an award. And the numbers are astounding.

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