More corruption at the IRS

This week, the American people learned of even more corruption inside the Internal Revenue Service. According[1] to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, more than 2,800 IRS employees who had been recently disciplined received performance bonuses between October 2010 and December 2012. The bonuses totaled more than $2.8 million. That’s your tax dollars hard at work for you!

It gets better: examples of misconduct from IRS employees range from misuse of government credit cards, fraud, and failure to pay taxes.

Specifically, the report identified 1,200 employees with tax problems or official-conduct violations. One employee who was suspended for 10 days in September 2011 still received a $1,300 performance bonus in August 2012. Yet according to officials, the IRS workers union contract doesn’t necessarily preclude employees from getting bonuses if they’ve received disciplinary action.

This is just another example of how the federal government believes it can act outside the bounds of the real world. Federal agencies aren’t bound by the rules the rest of America abides by. In the private sector, employees who are suspended for 10 days don’t receive bonuses less than a year later. Doing so breeds disrespect for the rule of law and lack of concern for performance. Moreover, it wipes away any financial incentive to actually work hard and work well.

Still, we’ve known for quite some time now that practices within the IRS are less than ethical. Whether it’s targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, or colluding with the Department of Justice, or giving out senseless bonuses, the IRS is clearly in need of deep reform. What does it say when the agency charged with collecting taxes from the American people, spends that money and operates in such an irresponsible and erroneous manner?

Tea Party Patriots believes it’s time to dump the IRS. We have a hunch most Americans agree. The only question is, will Washington listen?