A ten year audit of the IRS and its procedures clearly shows that the IRS itself fails to discipline 3 out of 5 tax cheats in its own ranks. The US Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration conducted a long audit, covering 2003 to 2013 and found that the IRS failed to fire the 1,580 who work fo the agency itself. A 1998 law requires the IRS to fire any employee who willfully violated tax law.
The IRS tax cheats consistently violated tax law over multiple years in patterns that included overstating expenses, repeatedly missing the tax deadline and in even claiming a tax credit for a first time home buyer without purchasing a home.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is facing stiff challenges and questions as to why 960 of the identified violators were given “counseling”, reprimands or suspensions instead of outright dismissal. In all fairness, Mr. Koskinen took over his position in 2013. However, “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,” Russell George, the tax administration inspector general, said in a statement.
The chairman of the House Ways and Means committee who oversees the IRS recently stated that the gulf between the IRS and US taxpayers has never been wider.
It is important to hold the IRS accountable to US tax laws as well as the rights provided to US taxpayers under the law. If you have received a letter of notification from the IRS or are facing an IRS audit we invite you to contact us for a free consultation at 866-631-3470. Protect yourself and learn about your rights and the process you are about to face.