Over 140 IRS Employees Have Issues Paying Their Own Taxes
Lake Havasu City, AZ – While honest, hardworking Americans get out their check book to pay Uncle Sam before the April 15thtax filing deadline, over 140 employees whose backgrounds include tax fraud and misconduct issues have been rehired by the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), the agency in charge of reviewing tax returns. “These employees are put in charge of reviewing tax returns for accuracy and sometimes put in charge of the audits. They are employed to protect our taxes and should be held to a higher standard,” Supervisor Buster Johnson stated. “If they are fraudulent with their own finances how can we entrust them with America’s?” Johnson questioned.
A report released by the inspector general indicated that 824 of the total 7,168 employees rehired between Jan. 1, 2010 and Sept. 30, 2013 had substantiated employment issues. Of those 824, 141 had prior tax issues and five of them had knowingly refused to file taxes for two years in a row. An additional 108 of the rehired employees had misconduct issues in the past with the IRS. Some of the more significant included unauthorized access to taxpayer accounts, fraud, falsification of employment forms and official documents, and criminal conduct. The report goes on to say that the IRS rehired these employees knowing these concerns. “The IRS is risking the taxpayers’ trust by rehiring employees they know are high risk,” Johnson said.
Republicans on the Finance Committee recently sent a letter to the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen after he publicly warned of a bad tax season do to the IRS’s budget cuts. An audit done by the Finance Committee found several unbudgeted concerns surrounding the IRS. According to the letter sent by the Finance Committee, the IRS spent millions of dollars in bonuses and gave tens of thousands in paid vacation hours to employees with recently substantiated conduct issues. One example given was of a former employee who was absent without leave for 312 hours. According to the report, his personnel file was marked “due not rehire,” yet he was one of the 7,168 rehired employees. “The employees of the IRS have a difficult yet important job to do,” Johnson stated. “It is crucial that those they hire have the best interest of the taxpayer at heart, and I don’t see how that is possible when these folks are cheating the very system they are drawing a paycheck from,” Johnson ended.