IRS Employees Misbehave, Don’t Pay Taxes, But Still Get Bonuses
The Internal Revenue Service continues to reveal the extent waste, mismanagement, and corruption permeates areas of U.S. government.
Since the investigation into the machinations behind the Internal Revenue Service’s actions during the 2012 election cycle began, a number of concerns have been brought to light. By no means has any final determination been made by either Congress or the Department of Justice. But what has been revealed about the tax agency’s politically-motivated targeting of certain groups for additional examination before deciding whether to grant tax-exempt status paints a picture of an agency that misused its authority.
While evidence obtained by congressional committees suggest that former Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, Lois Lerner, guided the agency’s policy on earmarking certain organizations for special scrutiny — evidence that has prompted Democratic lawmakers to downplay the scandal as the wrongdoing of one misguided individual — it speaks to a larger truth about the IRS.
Taking into account other recent scandals, including excess spending on agency conferences and what could be considered the inappropriate awarding of employee bonuses, it appears greater oversight is needed and that problems within the agency extend further than the awarding of 501(c) (4) status to social welfare groups that engage in political activity. And that truth could potentially fuel Congress’s extremely partisan debate over IRS corruption, which has already been exacerbated by election year tensions.
Again, the IRS has show itself to be not as fiscally responsible as many tax-burdened Americans would hope.