IRS hands out big bonuses to workers

  • Employees of the Internal Revenue Service have been paid over $2.8M in bonuses and the amount includes $1M that went to workers who owed taxes. 

    Treasury inspector general for tax administration J. Russell George said the program doesn't go against any federal regulations but is inconsistent with the fact that the IRS wishes to enforce tax laws.

    "These awards are designed to recognize and reward IRS employees for a job well done, and that is appropriate, because the IRS should encourage good performance," he said. "However, while not prohibited, providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict with" the mission. 

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