ABC World News‘ Jeff Zeleny reported Tuesday on a new watchdog report revealing that IRS agents who didn’t pay their own taxes have received more than $1 million in bonuses.
“If you don’t pay your taxes, the IRS will come after you,” Zeleny said. “Unless you happen to work at the IRS.”
More than 1,000 workers who didn’t pay their taxes received not only cash bonuses but also 10,582 hours in extra time off, valued at $250,000. Of those, 69 also got raises, paid for by American taxes.
“I’m absolutely appalled,” said one woman interviewed by ABC.
This new report is shedding new light on the “staggering” amount of bonuses received by employees at the agency, Zeleny said. In 2012, it doled out $86 million in cash, and the agency admitted Tuesday that they need to engage in “proper personnel policies” and they “strive to protect the integrity of the tax system.”
Zeleny’s report made no mention of the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups that’s had it in hot water for nearly a year.
The Associated Press also reported the IRS has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems:
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.