At IRS, Owing Uncle Sam Not A Threat To Workers’ Bonuses

Source: CBS News

There’s new fuel for critics of the IRS. Government investigators say the tax agency doled out millions of dollars in bonuses to workers with disciplinary issues, including some who did not pay their own taxes.

On Capitol Hill, there are new demands for change. CBS News’ Nancy Cordes reports these employees owed money to the government and yet they received extra money from the government in the form of bonuses. And, Cordes reports, perhaps the most surprising is that it’s all completely in line with federal regulations.

Internal watchdogs at the IRS found that over the course of two years, 2,800 employees who had been disciplined for misconduct also received bonuses worth more than $2.8 million.

The infractions included late payment or nonpayment of federal taxes, misuse of travel cards, even fraud.

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