(Washington, D.C.) The Internal Revenue Service paid out $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with disciplinary issues.
That includes more than $1 million to employees who have not paid their own federal taxes.
That’s according to a recently released audit which you can read HERE.
The report found 1,146 IRS employees received bonuses within a year of substantiated federal tax compliance problems.
The bonuses didn’t just involve money.
Employees with tax problems were given more than 10,582 hours of paid time off, that’s worth $250,000, while another 69 were given permanent raises.
The report looked at bonuses in 2011 and 2012.
Employees’ tax problems included “willful understatement of tax liabilities over multiple tax years, late payment of tax liabilities, and underreporting of income,” the report said.
In fiscal year 2012, the IRS gave out bonuses of $86.3 million in cash and almost 490,000 hours of time off.
The report found about 69% of the agency’s 98,000 employees received some kind of bonus.
The IRS has responded by saying it has put in place a policy that takes conduct into account when giving out bonuses to senior executives.
Making that policy apply to all of the agency’s workers would require negotiations with the National Treasury Employees Union.
USA Today reported the union did not respond to a request for comment.