Recently, we reported about the MSNBC anchors who were exposed as tax cheats who owed the IRS tens of thousands in back taxes. What’s particularly maddening about that is not so much that they didn’t pay the government their “fair share,” but that these anchors have been so adamant that everybody else, especially the rich on the right, pay their “fair share.” It’s almost like they’re saying that they don’t have to abide by the same rules they apply to everyone else. Maybe they think they’re owed some leeway since they work as the mouthpiece of the Obama administration. That’s got to count for something, right?
Apparently, the IRS has its own tax cheat problem as well, and these aren’t just people who trumpet socialism from a liberal TV network. They actually work for the agency that forces hard-working Americans by the barrel of a gun (or guns) to pay up or do time in prison. Here’s the Daily Caller:
Nearly 1,600 IRS employees didn’t pay their taxes over a ten year period, and more than half of those willful tax cheats weren’t fired because the commissioner saved their job, according to a new inspector general report released to the public Wednesday.
Some employees even got promotions less than one year after they were caught cheating on their taxes.
Section 1203 of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act clearly states that IRS employees who cheat on their taxes must be fired unless the IRS commissioner intercedes to save their jobs. Well those commissioners have been busy saving hundreds of the tax cheaters’ jobs over the last decade.
The government oversight audit exposed that 1,580 had willfully cheated on their taxes but only 620, or 39 percent, actually left the agency.
That means 960 IRS employees who willfully cheated on their taxes from 2004 through 2013 only received minor discipline such as “suspensions, reprimands, or counseling.”
The common tax offenses included claiming the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit without buying a home and repeatedly filing late Federal tax returns.
Even after the cheating employees’ managers said the employees were no longer credible, commissioners still refused to fire them.
In response to the report, the IRS has publicly said it will try much harder in the future and pointed out that this is a small percentage of its employees.
“The IRS is committed to ensuring that employees meet their tax compliance responsibilities. It’s important to note that the IRS has a more than 99% tax compliance rate, the highest of any major federal agency,” the IRS said in a statement.
A “small percentage of its employees?” And why should that matter? If these people are consistent, they wouldn’t allow a single employee to work there, much less get promoted, if he’s found to be a tax cheat.
What kind of message will this send to everyday Americans who work hard to pay off Uncle Sam? Especially those on the right who are very much opposed to the high taxes but who pay them anyway. That if you work for the government, the rules don’t apply. “Rights for me, but not for thee.”