Sen. Deb Fischer says some IRS employees who receive bonuses should have been fired.
Fischer has sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen in response to a report released on April 22 by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration showing a number of IRS employees received bonuses even though they had been cited for misconduct in 2010, 2011, and 2012, including failure to pay their taxes.
“When they should have been fired. Because there’s already laws on the books that IRS employees should be removed, should be fired if they fail to pay their federal income tax, their federal taxes. Well, some of these folks failed to pay their taxes and they were given bonuses,” Fischer tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Fischer’s office says the report also highlights that “The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 does not specifically mention awards, but does make mandatory the removal of IRS employees who are found to have intentionally committed certain acts of misconduct, including willful failure to pay Federal taxes.”
Fischer says this latest development at the IRS further erodes trust in the agency that has been accused of targeting politically conservative groups.
Click here to read the full text of the letter.
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this story.
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