IRS employees have their own tax problems.
According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Audit Report, between 2004 and 2008, the IRS tracked more than 8,000 potential noncompliance issues among their employees and found that action was warranted one-third of the time. The most common suspected offense was failing to file at all, which is hard to imagine for an IRS employee.
The TIGTA report also identified 133 additional employees in tax years 2006 and 2007 who were noncompliant with their tax obligations but weren’t identified by the computer match.
You have to wonder what the most powerful collection agency in the world is doing when they aren’t obeying the same rules they’re forcing the rest of us to live by. It would be galling to know that the Revenue Agent auditing you was not filing their own tax return or paying their tax liabilities. This finding has implications that extend beyond tax fraud.
“The IRS risks an erosion of public confidence in the American voluntary tax system if it does not appropriately address employees who are not complying with their tax obligations,” – Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration audit report
There are additional facts and related links you may want to read here on Ashlea Ebeling’s Forbes article – IRS Employees In Tax Trouble.
Until next time,
Jeff Fouts, Tax Attorney
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