IRS employees who didn’t pay their taxes got staggering bonuses

According to a government watchdog, the Treasury Department doled out $2.8 million in bonuses to IRS employees having disciplinary problems — and more than a third of that amount went to 1,146 employees who didn’t bother paying their own taxes.

The report was announced Tuesday by the Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration, according to USA Today.

Tax cheating IRS agents weren’t just rewarded with bonuses. USA Today reported:

The bonuses weren’t just monetary. Employees with tax problems received a total of 10,582 hours of paid time off — valued at about $250,000 — and 69 received permanent raises through a step increase, the report said. The report looked at bonuses in 2011 and 2012.

Employees’ tax problems included “willful understatement of tax liabilities over multiple tax years, late payment of tax liabilities, and underreporting of income,” the report said.

“We take seriously our unique role as this nation’s tax administrator, and we will strive to implement a policy that protects the integrity of the tax administration system and the reputation of the service,” IRS chief Human Capital Officer David Krieg said in a written response to the audit.

Although the agency considers disciplinary matters before giving bonuses to senior agency executives, to make that policy apply across the board would require negotiations with the National Treasury Employees Union.

Watch the news report from Diane Sawyer via ABC News, then check out “MSNBC host tells Kansas parents to shut up over Michelle Obama’s graduation speech.”


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  • Anthony

    “There’s not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS” – Barack Obama

    • curmudgeon

      Just one more lie.

      • geoh777

        One more lie is negligible and thus can be disregarded when compared to the verifiable hundreds he has already told. According to that spin on the situation, he is not so bad and thus is worthy of continuing adoration by big govt fanboys and girls of the un-American left.
        .

  • Marilyn Z

    Since when do government employees get bonuses? I worked for the Air Force civil service, long ago, and no one got bonuses UNLESS the boss put them in for one for superior work and those were very rare.

    • tiredofit2014

      Yep worked for DoD and bonuses were rare and of limited amounts. If they haven’t paid taxes they should be fired for financial irresponsibility not rewarded. But hey criminals in this admin seem to be the chosen ones from gooberment employees to illegal aliens.

      • LittleRoot_48

        Criminality is rewarded in THIS administration.

    • LittleRoot_48

      Since the most corrupt administration in US history got elected.

    • SusieQ

      Let’s all guess who these people vote for. The present administration has a insidious way of insuring their popularity with govt. employees nowadays.

      • truthman1959

        And pushing for amnesty for future DemocRat voters.

  • mobilebay

    Within the IRS, crime DOES pay. Isn’t it great to have a country run by so many lawless, underhanded, unscrupulous people who think they’re above the law?

    • curmudgeon

      You mean liberal democRAT politicians?

    • SusieQ

      Maybe we should insist the feds surround the IRS bldg. and insist they pay their taxes, isn’t that their methods now?

      • teatime

        That is what he is doing to Bundy!

    • Subcomandante Goatz

      Why should government be any less corrupt that our corporations? Why should an IRS employee pay their full tax burden when the wealthy are dodging taxes through off-shore tax havens, and fascist ‘heroes’ like Bundy are applauded for not paying the grazing fees they owe the American People? You hypoctites are a laugh. Especially when you get on your fake moral high-horse, and pretend to be better then liberals.

      • mobilebay

        Subcomandante? Why do I get the feeling I should throw up my right arm and say “Heil?”

        • Subcomandante Goatz

          Because you’re a fascist at heart, and it’s natural for you tea-party types.

          • mobilebay

            Subcomandante (sorry, I can’t help laughing over that title) – You’re a bit confused. Maybe your helmet is too tight. Gotta make a choice – can’t be a fascist AND a tea-party type. They’re diametrically opposite. If I have to be one or the other – I’ll go with the tea party every time. Auf weidersehen.

      • teatime

        They do it legal, by the loop holes your partitives ,that you voted for;

        • Subcomandante Goatz

          Actually, both of the corporation-owned major parties do it. I’m not a Democrat, I’m a Socialist dedicated to eliminating capitalism and the class structure entirely. I just look like an Obama supporter because I hate your side more than him, and recognize that y’all are a much greater immediate threat to the American worker.

          • Burn_the_Witch

            No one is threatening any workers from the right. Your side has been killing them for over a hundred years and somehow think capitalists are the threat.

            You are the latest in a long line of verifiably insane people.

          • Subcomandante Goatz

            And you are just another one of the sheep to be herded onto a train to the FEMA camps when the time comes.

          • Burn_the_Witch

            Yeah yeah, wannabe thug. That powerful feeling you get from being a little internet thug isn’t going to help you when the time comes.

          • truthman1959

            Do tell us where Socialism works better than free enterprise. Then move there.

      • Burn_the_Witch

        No one is “dodging” anything. You leftist murderers love to have fainting spells over taxes and evil capital while dreaming up and carrying out plans of mass murder.

        You belong in an asylum.

      • truthman1959

        Um, because if I work for an agency that enforces tax “law’, I should obey such “law?” Your defense of these slugs is ridiculous. Many of those “wealthy” are DemocRat politicians that would not allow the law to be changed.

  • J. C. Smith

    Do as I say, not as I do.

    Government working pinheads. Pfft!

  • (CofC) Cult of Cannibals

    We already know Black political appointments are above the law. Laws and Shariah ACA tax are for those not suffering from years of slavery and sea sickness from being hauled to the US in wooden ships. Sorry my Chinese friends, you do not qualify even if you came over in ships the same way. Matter of fact it was racist for you to even think you should be entitled. How do I know you are a racist? By definition, if you are not black, you are a racist. If you are a believing Christian, conservative and black, you are a self loathing racist.

    • David Tierney

      WTF?

      • (CofC) Cult of Cannibals

        Guess you do not watch the MSM much. I paraphrased a little. You should look at what percentage of IRS employees are black.

  • rchguns

    As far as dirty diaper head Obama is concerned and the DNC there is no corruption the IRS. This is because the DNC feel that they are exempt from taxes. You look at the majority of the tax problems in Congress and on the federal payroll become blatantly clear why whenever the Democrats control the government our taxes go up.

    I always wondered on this and come to the obvious conclusion. Democrats Raise Taxes on Everyone Else Primarily Because The General Belief Is Democrats Are Exempt from Taxes. The first clue should’ve been one Obama put together his cabinet many had to pay back taxes and some even declined service because they didn’t want their tax problems made public.

    • http://google.com/ obadiahlynch

      Actually, your taxes went down.

      • rchguns

        .Actually my taxes did not go down but I didn’t get hurt as bad as some people. My actual federal taxes went up by 2% but that’s the obvious tax or direct tax. Were this administration on this congressional grouping of maggots Excel is in the unseen taxes the everyday charges on almost everything buy.

        Taxes on fuel, and in my particular case taxes on medical devices, increased cost of insurance, but there’s too many to list.

        Now if you’re on the public Dole you will not get these taxes levied against you because if you don’t work to improve yourself and take care of yourself you don’t pay taxes. Everyone else who works for a living are the ones who get stuck with the bill. Unless of course you happen to be a Democrat for the government and you don’t have to worry about taxes

        • http://google.com/ obadiahlynch

          It’s possible that you’re in an upper income bracket and your taxes went back up to the previous rates, but that’s not a rise, that’s a return to what you used to pay.
          .
          Most everyone on this website’s taxes went down under the current admin and have not risen.
          .
          I can’t speak to your medical device tax, or your insurance going up. Insurance rose all through the 90s and 2000s, it seems to be leveling off now, for most of us.

          • rchguns

            Actually that’s not true. Thanks to the implementation of Obama care the Corporation that it just bought the hospital were my wife and work for over 10 years was laid off as a cost containment matter. 18 other senior officials were all let go being in a rural community there were no other registered nurse positions available so my wife was forced to go to traveling nurse programs. She went from $42.50 an hour to $30 an hour.

            I don’t know where you’re getting the idea that everybody’s taxes went down that is about as far from the truth as possible. The government took in more than they have in years in the employment rate is still very depressed. So it’s like this fewer people are working and those that are working are working for less pay but the government takes more in them before. I realize there’s no math out there but this doesn’t add up.

            The only segment of society the increase in employment and an increase in wages is in the government sector. This does not include Veterans Or Active-Duty Military.

          • curmudgeon

            I think that Lincoln had Obie in mind when he stated that it was possible to fool some of the people all of the time.

          • http://google.com/ obadiahlynch
          • rchguns

            This pretend President and his regime of these and thugs have dipped their hands and everybody’s pocket to free appropriate as much of the earned income from any American who is working.

            You can quote data from every liberal think tank, news media, and government-funded agency you want but it does not change the fact that after he got done my taxes went up my income went down, and my disposable income does not exist any longer.

            Dirty Diaper Head Obama And His Band of Merry Men have done more damage to the United States of America than any foreign power was ever able to do. He is brought America to the verge of bankruptcy, has endangered their medical system, has destroyed our standing in the world community And Is pulled the Biggest Con in the History of the Planet .

          • J_in_TX

            Maybe you missed the news that Obama has proposed 442 tax increases since he has been in office. I would wager that over 50% of those have been implemented. So, for you to sit there and say people’s taxes have not increased shows you are either ignorant of the truth or you are lying.

          • http://google.com/ obadiahlynch

            Or you could be mistaken.

          • J_in_TX

            I could be, but I’m pretty sure I’m not and you are.

          • Kenneth Clark

            …or you do not work and have not experienced the real truth.

          • curmudgeon

            You really are a special kind of stupid. You work at it all of your life or born that way?

          • Kenneth Clark

            I know you are mistaken in your misguided thought process. My taxes went UP and I am in no way in the upper tax bracket. As a matter of fact, January 2013 every one working at our plant had a tax increase.

          • http://google.com/ obadiahlynch

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_tax_in_the_United_States#Marginal_tax_rates_since_2008
            has a list of the marginal tax rates from 2008 through 2014. We added a 39% is all we did.

          • Kenneth Clark

            39% is not marginal. Far from it. Would you consider it a marginal increase should your financial institution or landlord arbitrarily raise your rent or mortgage payment by 39%? Would seem quite harsh and unreasonable, right?
            Our government, from local to federal, have arbitrarily increased taxes far, far too much. In fact if the waste and pork programs were reduced by 39%, there would be more than enough to finance what government needs and we could actually see a rather large tax reduction thus stimulating the economy like we have not seen in not seen in many years.

          • http://google.com/ obadiahlynch

            what is this i can’t even
            .
            Dude. Not a ‘marginal’ increase. 39% is now the highest marginal tax rate. A marginal tax rate is .. Oh just wow. Read the wiki article then come back. Sorry. I can’t even.

          • Kenneth Clark

            My bad. Was very busy and misread your post. Yet, I will still contend that if just the waste was trimmed by only 39% we could see a very large tax reduction for each working citizen in this nation.

          • http://google.com/ obadiahlynch

            Ya, sorry to go on all full snark and everything.
            .
            The biggest chunks of the budget are the military and entitlements; where you gonna start cutting? If you stop building tanks, even tanks the army doesn’t want, you get the defense contractors mad at you and they come at you in the primaries next time accusing you of being soft on defense. So, what, that leaves Social Security? Medicare?

          • Kenneth Clark

            Let’s start with cutting the hundreds of billions of dollars, taxpayers money, that is sent to countries that would rather see all of us dead than not. Then let’s rid our governments of Unions. Unions had their day in the 30 ‘ and 40 ‘ they are no longer needed or wanted especially in government. Then let’s reduce all salaries of government employees, this includes from the very top of the mountain down, by a minimum of 15%. They need to make concessions like the rest of us in this economy. These would be just a start. Another bid issue is all of the hidden pork that is passed in bills for this district or that one. There should be an amendment to the constitution that no pork shall be included in any bill.

          • http://google.com/ obadiahlynch

            I get what you mean; but you could cut all foreign aid and not dent your taxes. It’s, what, 2% of the budget? 1%?
            .
            Plus, you know what we’re getting for our foreign aid to, say, Egypt (which isn’t one of my favorite countries either)? First dibs on the Suez Canal, that’s what we’re getting. And THAT is a fine, fine thing to have if you have a big navy that needs to get places.
            .
            I spent time as an elected union official, and I got to disagree with you on the union issue. It’s tons easier for a huge employer to deal with a union than it is to deal with thousands of individual employees; it’s much better for an employee to have a union to make sure the employer follows its own rules. Better all around to have unions, both private and public sector.
            .
            I’m not sure just cutting salaries is an answer; government salaries aren’t all that high to begin with. You cut workers’ salaries, you chase the good ones off and you’re only left with the ones that can’t get hired in the private sector, y’know?
            .
            I agree with you on the ‘pork’ issue. The problem is, what’s ‘pork’ to you is maybe not ‘pork’ to me. Back to those tanks the army doesn’t want; we could save tons of money just by not building them. Probably more than we could save by cutting foreign aid. Come up with a way to quit buying those stupid things..

          • Kenneth Clark

            Those tanks are usually sold or given to other countries tries by our government. So, I can agree to that as well as other military “old technology”.
            As far as Unions for government employees, primarily, they do not need to be involved in government affairs at any level. These “agreements” only serve to protect the ones actually doing nothing except pulling a paycheck and that is the reason the private sector will not hire them. The ones actually producing, I dare say are few and far between, will stay. How many times have you seen a highway crew where one or two were actually working and the rest of the group of 8 or 10 were standing around or sitting in a truck doing absolutely nothing. Those 8 or 10 are the o e’s the union is protecting because they couldn’t flap burgers if they were precooked. That is exactly why unions for government employees exist and it costs us untold hundreds of billions of dollars per year. If two candidates do the job, of which is obvious, get rid of the other 8 to 10.
            In the cutting salaries issue, is your representative worth 172,000 per year base salary? Few of them, if any, would be stretching to be worth 45,000 annual salary. Most of them could not an order for a peanut butter sandwich, much less create one. Salary cuts may not be a large part of the equation, however I do believe if it were placed before the people their salaries would be cut far more than the 15% I am proposing. As I said that would just be a start.
            I think if the GNP drops below a certain rate, their salaries should be cut even more.

          • http://google.com/ obadiahlynch

            You got to know about road building to understand those guys standing around. I worked with a crew years ago.
            .
            There’s different functions on a road crew. The concrete finishers have a job to do; concrete finishing is a skill, and they’re hired as concrete finishers. So they can’t go to work till the concrete is poured. So you see guys standing around while concrete’s being poured, that’s what’s likely going on. It’s like firefighters: if there’s no fire to fight, they’re not doing anything but waiting for a job to pop up.
            .
            I’m with you on cutting costs, but the thing is, I’ve been there a hundred times trying to identify cuts; it’s not like you’re the first guy to notice the idled construction guys and think ‘Hey, what’s that about?’ , after all. And all the easy cuts were identified years ago.

          • Kenneth Clark

            I understand road building and repair. I also understand the is needless to have several supervisors standing around during discussing the ballgame while the two are performing the work.
            Unfortunately the easy cuts weren’t made when discovered. Just shifted under a different name or account.
            I’m not sure if you are familiar with the QS quality system used by auto manufacturers, but under that system your customer knows your profit margin and can demand a cost reduction. If you decide not to honor it, they move their business elsewhere. Our government needs to be under similar constraints and not be allowed to take over segments of the economy or regulate an industry out of business. For example: in my state electricity has been deregulated and my power costs me 8.4 cents per kwh due to market completion and I live in a very rural area, population of 3400 in my town. Where my mother lives electricity has not been deregulated and is controlled by the federal government via TVA. Her electric costs her 14.7 cents per kwh. Where is the logic in this? Deregulation 98 very beneficial for the public yet this administration and our present government refuses to deregulate until they feel their pockets are sufficiently filled.

          • http://google.com/ obadiahlynch

            I can’t speak to electricity pricing. Don’t know a thing about it, except of course that Enron story from the misty past.
            .
            I’m just saying that thing about guys standing around watching roads get built is sort of an urban myth — there aren’t very many gummint jobs you can get where you just get to stand around. I spent a lot of years with the union; I never met anyone who had that job. I’d like to find a job like that myself ..

          • Kenneth Clark

            I guess we will have to differ on the union thingy. But it still remains that there are ways to make very beneficial cuts in government from.local to federal without hurting anything but some politicians pride and it would greatly benefit the citizens.

          • http://google.com/ obadiahlynch

            Defense spending, I’m tellin’ ya. And the Homeland Security Department can be split back into its constituent agencies. There’s no reason the Coast Guard needs to be under DHS.

          • Kenneth Clark

            Homeland Security needs to be the military as it was before the Patriot act. All those people in DHS need to go home. Yes there are things in Defense that could definitely be cut. Many of the regulatory bodies could be cut in half and they would still have way too much.

        • truthman1959

          “Redistribution of wealth” just like the community organizer in chief promised.

  • Dandee

    Hey, congress. Put a stop to bonuses! Like, now.

  • Darrell Murray

    The F**king wolves watching the sheep!!! If you owe taxes they’ll come after you like you’re the devil, throw you in jail, but work for the IRS or Obama, you’ll get bonuses and even get jobs at the Federal Reserve. Never has this nation faced such a corrupt and dictatorship prone government since the war of independence from Britain. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants .” Thomas Jefferson. The time is rapidly approaching.

    • DollarBill

      Hell,Al Capone was a SAINT next to Obie!

  • john4637

    No wonder Obama is arming IRS agents with AR-15′s he want them locked and loaded when the people march on the white house with torches and pitch forks.

  • eabellner

    According to my son, who is an IT person for the IRS, if you don’t pay your taxes or try to cheat you get fired. He said that last year over 2,000 people were fired for not filing or paying what they owed. Maybe it is only the upper echelon that get away with not paying taxes. And he has never received a bonus being down the totem pole. They are the ones who should receive the bonus, not the people making 6 figures.