RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Tax season is over and many Americans have already filed their taxes, but not everyone at the Internal Revenue Service has.
Some IRS employees were found to be non-compliant, yet still received bonuses and time-off awards. This was found in an audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The agency ran this audit on the IRS employee awards program, in order to reduce spending and review their guidelines, after new Federal guidance issued in Fiscal Year 2011.
While they did find that program complied with federal requirements to limit awards, it was found that the IRS does not consider tax compliance or misconduct when awarding its employees for performance.
Between October 2010 and December 2012, more than 2,800 employees who had misconduct on their record got $2.8 million in bonuses, and 27,000 hours in time-off. Of those workers, 11,000 were not tax-compliant, yet still got bonuses to the tune of $1 million.
Taxpayers see both sides of the coin in this audit. "I'm still waiting for my tax return from last year," said Ron Kelly. "I just think it’s unfair and unfortunate that our government thinks that that's okay."
Cary Olson said while the news is disturbing, he appreciates the checks and balances. "I'm glad they're discovering it. I'm glad they found it. And I think that everything they can do to possibly clean up the things that are wrong is appropriate. I think it’s the right thing to do obviously."
The IRS said it is working to change the policy, so that employees' conduct and tax compliance are considered before they get any type of bonus.
A study to implement this new policy is due by the end of June. The report from the TIGTA can be found here: http://www.treas.gov/tigta/auditreports/2014reports/201410007fr.html