The Inspector General of the Department of the Treasury is beginning an audit of the Internal Revenue Service after it has come to light that in 2019 1,250 employees had not paid their taxes.
Note that 2019 was pre-pandemic.
Some of the offenders offered great excuses like "I didn't know how." Some of these were rehires after being previously fired for "willful failure to properly file their Federal tax returns."
The audit was triggered by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) following the Democrat initiative to hire 87,000 new employees at the tax enforcement agency.
"Ironically, hundreds of employees at the IRS itself may have willfully failed to pay their taxes. More than 300 of these were repeat offenders, yet the tax agency did little to discipline the tax offenders on its payroll. Before Biden's army of auditors starts harassing innocent taxpayers, let's first make sure the tax collectors have paid their own taxes.
"Innocent, hardworking Americans should not be subjected to unfair and costly IRS audits when the agency is ignoring tax cheats on its own payroll."
It's unclear what good the audit will do.
In the 2019 audit in question, the Inspector General had found that of the 1,250 IRS employees that had not filed their taxes, only 90 were "willful" offenders. The rest did not file for various reasons, including such classic excuses as "I forgot" and "I had technical issues."
And at least the willful offenders were fired, along with some of the "oopsie" offenders, but don't feel too bad for them because the IRS hired 200 of them back, even the ones who had "falsified government documents" to willfully avoid paying taxes.
And the report said,
"Some employees repeated past violations upon being rehired."
That's right. The small army that's going to shake us down for every red cent we owe Prince Joe is full of repeat tax criminals.
But most great hackers get jobs in cyber-security, so it only makes since that tax-cheats work for the IRS...right?
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