WASHINGTON D.C. – The IRS has repeatedly hired individuals who were previously fired for tax abuse and unauthorized access to taxpayer information, and one fifth of the rehired employees has gone on to commit more misconduct.
In a report released on February 5th the US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) showed that a significant number of current employees of the Internal Revenue Service have a prior record of serious performance and conduct issues, including tax violations and abuses of their power.
According to the experts of TIGTA, the IRS has stringent and well-enforced rules on hiring employees with a record of drug use or with criminal histories, but the hiring procedures have failed to weed out former IRS employees who have a history of misconduct while working at the IRS.
It was noted that in the time between January 2010 and September 2013 the IRS rehired at least 7 000 former employees, and at least 141 of these employees had “…prior substantiated tax issues”, with a number who willfully failed to complete their tax return, while other were originally fired for “… unauthorized access to taxpayer information, leave abuse, falsification of official forms, unacceptable performance, misuse of IRS property, and off-duty misconduct.”
In its report the TIGTA also noted that at least 20 percent of the employees with a history of misconduct have had new conduct and abuse issues arise since being rehired.
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