Senate Democrat to IRS commissioner: “No taxes, no bonuses”

Responding to an internal watchdog report finding the IRS gave bonuses to workers who haven’t paid their taxes, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) fired off a letter to Commissioner John Koskinen demanding that the agency take immediate action to rescind the bonuses.

“I am appalled by the findings outlined in the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s recent report that exposes millions of dollars in bonuses and awards paid to Internal Revenue Service employees with conduct issues and federal tax compliance problems,” Manchin wrote to Koskinen. “This is completely unacceptable and must be remedied immediately.”

The TITGA report found that bonuses totaling $2.8 million were IRS employees with disciplinary issues between 2011 and 2012. This includes more than $1 million to workers with outstanding tax issues.

Koskinen was only recently appointed to serve as IRS commissioner. The bonuses came under Douglas Shulman, who served as the agency’s commissioner from March 2008 to November 2012. It was also on Shulman’s watch when the agency targeted conservative groups.

“The faith of the American people in the integrity of their government is corroded every time gross negligence and indecency of this sort comes to light,” said Manchin. “How can we expect the American people—many of whom are struggling to make ends meet—to trust their government when they learn that the very agency charged with collecting their tax dollars is rewarding employees who haven’t paid theirs?”

“The IRS’s unique and sensitive responsibility of collecting taxes from millions of hard-working Americans puts the agency under a greater degree of scrutiny, requiring the utmost accountability and integrity from your 98,000 employees,” he added.

 


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