WASHINGTON D.C. – The IRS has repeatedly hired tax evaders, and, in many cases, retained the tax dodgers even when it was shown that they have willfully skipped out on their tax obligations.
Over the 10 years between 2003 and 2013 a total of 1 580 IRS employees were found to have wilfully evaded their own tax obligations, according to the results in a new report issued on May 6th by the Treasury Inspector General.
In 39 percent of cases where it was found that an employee has neglected their tax obligations was fired, however, in 61 percent of cases the recommended action of firing the employee as mitigated to a lower penalty, such as suspensions, reprimands, or counseling.
Among the willful tax offenses uncovered by the TIGTA investigation were cases of willful overstatement of expenses, claiming First Time Homebuyer Tax Credits without purchasing a home, and repeated failures to file federal tax returns.
Currently the IRS enforces a process of bi-annual screenings to determine whether any employees have neglected any of their own tax obligations, and over the ten year period approximately 13 000 cases were found, although in most cases the discrepancies were found to be unintentional.
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