By John Vibes
It was reported this week that over 1,500 IRS employees were caught cheating on their taxes, and many of them even got promotions. Most of the employees who were caught in the recent investigation haven’t even been fired.
Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, assured the public in a statement this week that there will be consequences for the employees were caught using their positions to avoid taxes.
“Given its critical role in federal tax administration, the IRS must ensure that its employees comply with the tax law in order to maintain the public’s confidence. Willful violation of the law by IRS employees should not be taken lightly,” George said.
In a statement, the IRS said that the employees will face strong discipline but will not be fired.“The IRS is committed to ensuring that employees meet their tax compliance responsibilities. Nonetheless, the IRS agrees that we can improve this process,” the statement read.
The report indicated that over a ten-year period there were 1,580 employees who were willfully not paying their taxes, and another 18,300 who weren’t paying by accident.
“It is crucial that IRS employees are held to the same standards as the hardworking taxpayers that pay their salaries. That means filing their taxes and paying the taxes they owe to the government,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said in response to the recent findings.
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