Good News: IRS Paid Bonuses To Employees Who Were Delinquent On Taxes


Do as I say, not as I do

(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.

Out here in the real world, the IRS would slap a garnishment on our wages, and possibly initiate criminal proceedings. In Government Land, they’re given bonuses.

Surprisingly, there are no actual policies, rules, regulations, or laws that deal with providing bonuses and paid days off (which were also provided to the IRS employees) to those with disciplinary problems and tax delinquencies, excluding senior and executive level employees. The IRS supposedly considers issues for permanent raises, but not for bonuses.

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

Out here in the real world, the employee would be fired. In Government Land, they’re given bonuses.

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