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No more free t-shirts with IRS audits…but employees still get bonuses!

Christopher Harris

Good news conservatives!  Apparently the IRS is too “broke” to continue its practice of targeting conservative groups and individuals for audits. The bad news is that they are apparently not too broke to hand out 2.8 million dollars in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary action, including one million dollars to workers who owe back taxes themselves!

According to a recent report, one’s chances of getting audited are less likely than ever before. Why? Recent budget cuts from 12.1 billion dollars in 2010 to 11.3 billion dollars in the current fiscal year have made it more difficult for the IRS to police tax returns. So this year, there will be fewer agents available to audit returns than at any time since the 1980’s.

In the 2011 fiscal year, more than 70,000 IRS employees received cash bonuses totaling 92 million dollars, in the 2012 fiscal year, nearly 68,000 employees (out of 89,500) received cash bonuses totaling 86 million dollars. More than 2,800 workers received bonuses despite having had disciplinary action taken against them the previous year including the 1,150 who owed back taxes, says a report by J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

John Koskinen (IRS Commissioner), believes more advanced technology will offset some of the budget cuts and help them to focus “going after the people who look like the worst of the bad guys.” He went on to say, “But there are going to be some people that we should catch, either in terms of collecting the revenue from them or prosecuting them, that we’re not going to be catch.”

Obama had asked Congress for a ten percent increase in funds to the IRS, but the Republican controlled House balked at the idea. I don’t know about you, but with the track record of this administration, I am willing to bet that the majority of any proposed budget increase would go towards continued conservative targeting…and bonuses for the employees who do the dirty work.

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