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IRS Responses to Over-Spending Concerns

Posted by taxguru on June 5, 2013

IRS has posted on its News page some official responses to the discussions over their alleged wasteful spending on conferences and wacky videos.

Statement of IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel –  He admits the costs were excessive and promises not to let it happen again.

IRS Key Facts: TIGTA Conference Report

Chart depicting IRS spending on conferences FY 2010-2012
(pdf).  Click  pic for full size

IRS Conference Spending FY2012 Thru FY2012


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Singing about the IRS

Posted by taxguru on June 5, 2013

It’s been a few years, but I used to buy the CDs of hilarious political parody songs by the Capitol Steps.  While perusing Pookie’s Toons, I came across this new one on the current IRS scandals, “When IRS Guys Are Smiling.”


While on the Capitol Steps website, I also came across this song from April 15, “Tax Your Children Well.” 


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Taxes are no joke, unless it’s at the expense of the “Other Guys”

Posted by taxguru on June 5, 2013

From Jay Leno:

More problems for the IRS. Isn’t that the feel-good story of the year? They wasted $50 million over a two-year period on conferences and retreats for employees. They even spent $11,000 on a happiness expert. I have an idea how to make them happier. How about stopping making everybody else’s life miserable? Start with that!


IRS executive Lois Lerner has refused to quit and will collect her full pay and benefits while on administrative leave. They asked her to resign. She refused to go. Where in the real world does that ever happen? You get fired and you tell your boss, “I’m going to stay, and I want my money.” And you wonder why we’re $16 trillion in debt.

From Dave Letterman:

We put up with the IRS. They weasel you and take your hard-earned money. They’ve been taking their tax dollars and throwing themselves lavish parties. I was thinking, “Yeah, well, what good is it being a bunch of power-hungry, jack-booted goons if you can’t enjoy yourselves, if you can’t every now and then pat yourself on the back?”

Tiger Woods is about to sign another big endorsement deal with Nike. Tiger already has more money than he could ever spend. He’s excited about this deal in particular because it brings him something he doesn’t have, which is even more money.
Jay Leno got the good news Monday that he clobbered the other late shows in ratings in May. His ratings soared since he turned conservative and began telling Obama jokes. Jay was not only class clown in high school but he was also voted Most Likely to Be Audited.
House Republicans vowed to track the IRS scandal to the White House Monday. Now the comedy begins. Republicans could catch Obama in a hotel room with a gun in his hand, a dead intern on the floor and fifty million in Chinese gold and they’d still blow it.
The IRS was found Monday to have spent fifty million dollars of taxpayer money on lavish conferences the last two years. The IRS said they paid for the conferences out of unused enforcement money. The Tea Party immediately demanded more IRS conferences.
IRS agents who target conservative groups told Congress they likely got their orders from D.C. New groups are calling for a flat tax and elimination of the IRS. They can get right to work because they registered with the IRS under the name Third Term for Obama.


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