Good News: IRS Rehires Former Staffers Who Cheated on Their Taxes

Posted by on Feb 06, 2015 at 8:26 am

Hard to believe the American public has no respect for the IRS these days. They target people because of their political beliefs and rehire their own criminals, then whine like little bitches when the GOP dares to not increase their funding. If a GOP candidate runs on abolishing the IRS they may win in a landslide.

The IRS rehired hundreds of former staffers with conduct issues, even bringing ex-employees with tax issues back into the fold, a new federal audit has found.

Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration said that the IRS generally followed the federal guidelines, which take into account whether a potential employee has a criminal record or failed a drug test, when bringing back former staffers.

But other staffers rehired had documented conduct issues from previous tenures at the IRS, including purposefully not filing their taxes, wrongly authorizing taxpayer information and lying on official forms. Of those rehired, roughly one in five then went on to have further performance problems.

“Based on the types of prior performance and conduct issues we identified, rehiring certain employees presents increased risk to the IRS and taxpayers,” J. Russell George, the tax administration inspector general, said in a statement.

We’re pretty much waiting for the announcement that Lois Lerner will be coming back with a promotion.

The inspector general’s report also raised the ire of congressional Republicans, who already have a wide range of issues with the IRS.

GOP lawmakers this week criticized John Koskinen, the IRS commissioner, for awarding bonuses to staffers with conduct issues, including being late on their taxes, at the same time the agency was decrying budget cuts.

“As if asking for a budget increase while still awarding bonuses to IRS employees that owe back taxes wasn’t rich enough, today we learn the IRS spent federal funds to rehire those with known, and often serious, employment problems,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in a statement.

“IRS employees must be held to high standards to ensure that taxpayers are protected, and there is no reason to hire employees who have already failed to uphold those expectations. Sadly, such double standards often fall on the backs of hard-working taxpayers.”

In all, the inspector general found that more than one in 10 of the employees that the IRS rehired between January 2010 and September 2013 — 824 of 7,168 — had prior employment issues. Of those, 141 had documented tax problems.

You or I would be severely punished and possibly face jail time. If you worke for the IRS you get rehired. What the fuck is going on here?

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