Delinquent IRS employees paid bonuses by the agency
April 23rd, 2014
11:04 AM ET
6 months ago

Delinquent IRS employees paid bonuses by the agency

New York (CNNMoney) – The IRS is in damage control mode Tuesday after an audit revealed that it paid bonuses to employees who were in trouble over tax issues themselves.

More than $2.8 million, plus thousands of hours of paid time-off, were doled out over two years to employees who had recently been disciplined for various types of misconduct, according to an audit report. About $1 million of that money was given as bonuses to 1,100 employees who were in trouble over tax related issues.

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  1. Tom l

    This is the very agency that the gang staunchly defends as trustworthy and honest.

    April 23, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. bobo

    If you work for the Government it doesn't matter! That is what the Government is about now.... not helping people but Control!

    April 23, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Come on IRS. How are they going to give these people bonuses if they were delinquent?? I hope you got your money first like you do everyone else!!!

    On another note I read this morning that the explosion at the fertilizer plant in Texas was completely preventable....

    April 23, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Come on IRS. How are they going to give these people bonuses if they were delinquent?? I hope you got your money first like you do everyone else!!!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I would hope they would seize their bank accounts and other assets until they're paid up like they do everyone else!

    April 23, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Hector Slagg

    Holy National Debt!,
    Where is all that money coming from? President Kennedy said, THINK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY. The only thing he forgot to add was send money. Folks! you forgot to send the money! The country is broke! Don't you just love Liberal Politics.

    April 23, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    Tom l

    This is the very agency that the gang staunchly defends as trustworthy and honest.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except "the gang" has NEVER done that. "The gang" has however, asked on numerous occasions WHY the cons in congress haven't even MENTIONED that not only were liberal leaning groups "targeted" for further scrutiny, they were the ONLY groups that were actually DENIED tax exempt status.

    April 23, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. rs

    It's chickenfeed relatively speaking, but for an agency under the microscope this shows considerable poor judgment. People under misconduct charges or punishment don't get bonuses (well, except on Wall Street).

    April 23, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    This is just adding to fuel to the fire & giving the right more talking points. Sen. Rafael Cruz is going to be all over this like a dog in heat. We'll hear about this all the way up to November.

    April 23, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Simplify the tax code and 90% of the IRS goes the way of the dinosaur. Can't have that, can we?

    April 23, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Simplify the tax code and 90% of the IRS goes the way of the dinosaur. Can't have that, can we?
    ----------------------------------
    Nope. Conservatives love their loopholes and want to keep things just the way they are.

    Back to the article. Labor law prohibits and employer from deducting money from an employee's pay when the employee is indebted to the employer. For example, a retailer cannot deduct a cash register shortage from a cashier's check. I see these bonus checks to people with tax debts as being no different. There is a due process for taking back taxes from people's paychecks, and it must be followed.

    April 23, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "More than $2.8 million, plus thousands of hours of paid time-off, were doled out over two years to employees who had recently been disciplined for various types of misconduct, according to an audit report. About $1 million of that money was given as bonuses to 1,100 employees who were in trouble over tax related issues."

    That's a big OOPS if ever there was one. I wonder who the first candidate will be who "promises" to overhaul the IRS come 2016?

    Might be a great bi-partisanship campaign ad in the making.

    April 23, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. yolanda

    @Rudy, it seems that you cannot help but try to turn any conversation into something anti-Conservative. Defect, deflect, deflect.......Please, please Wise One, present your source(s) on "Conservatives love their loopholes and want to keep the things just the way they are." Btw, how's that sabbatical going?????

    April 23, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "This is the very agency that the gang staunchly defends as trustworthy and honest."

    Lame. The payments were made (a) based on their employment contracts and performance and (b) because no policy has existed for years and years to prohibit it or addressed this particular situation. The way you fix it is by discovering it in the first place...i.e., by conducting these audits, which the administration did. It has nothing to do with "trustworthy" or "honest." These payments weren't being made despite people being intimately aware of other employees' tax delinquencies and saying "who cares!" They weren't required to look into that...and, in fact, without such regulations to permit or require it, prying would likely have violated the employee-tax-payers' privacy rights regarding their taxes. It was a systemic problem, not one of corruption, dishonesty or avarice. Grow up, tom. Seriously. This is evidence of the system actually working to find problems and work to correct them.

    April 23, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    --ban all foreign goods, when you put cotton swab in ear–cotton goes–these are the goods we get what we pay at American Employment expense. Don't buy–don't go thru self-checkouts!! God bless!!! Greed is so huge–people that sit in central offices–pass troubles that work on floor. Watch out, USA!!!!

    April 23, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Simplify the tax code and 90% of the IRS goes the way of the dinosaur. Can't have that, can we?
    ------------
    Nope. Conservatives love their loopholes and want to keep things just the way they are.

    Back to the article. Labor law prohibits and employer from deducting money from an employee's pay when the employee is indebted to the employer. For example, a retailer cannot deduct a cash register shortage from a cashier's check. I see these bonus checks to people with tax debts as being no different. There is a due process for taking back taxes from people's paychecks, and it must be followed.
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    The due process you speak of includes wage garnishment.

    April 23, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    yolanda

    @Rudy, it seems that you cannot help but try to turn any conversation into something anti-Conservative. Defect, deflect, deflect.......Please, please Wise One, present your source(s) on "Conservatives love their loopholes and want to keep the things just the way they are." Btw, how's that sabbatical going?????
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    Seriously? Don't you understand what it means to quote someone? In fact, I abandoned the tangent, and posted about the actual subject of the article...something which you have consistently failed to do. Don't you have better things to do than to launch personal attack after persoanl attack.

    Want proof? Look at the legislation that Republicans propose and oppose. They much prefer a "piece meal approach" to fixing anything.

    April 23, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Sorry Gurgyl but self checkouts are my best friend!!!!

    April 23, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. CB FL

    Some of the biggest deadbeats are in Congress. Some owe thousands of dollars in back taxes. CNN should do a report on all the people in Congress who have back taxes and post their names and amount. I think you will find the people talking the loudest would be on this list.

    April 23, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    The bonuses were pay back to the IRS employees, for allowing Obama to attack his opposition, through the IRS. Anyone who doesn't recognize what went on there, is truly naive.

    April 23, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "The bonuses were pay back to the IRS employees, for allowing Obama to attack his opposition, through the IRS. Anyone who doesn't recognize what went on there, is truly naive."

    Reynold's thanks you for being their #1 consumer of tinfoil.

    April 23, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |