IRS Paid $1 Million in Bonuses to Employees Who Still Owed Back Taxes

A report released Tuesday revealed that the IRS paid out millions in bonuses to employees who still owed the IRS back taxes.

At least $2.8 million in bonuses between October 2010 and December 2012 went to employees with disciplinary issues like misuse of government credit cards, drug use, violent threats and fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits, according to the New York Times. According to the report, 1,150 employees who still owed back taxes were given bonuses.

According to the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, the bonuses are logically questionable, but not a violation of federal regulations.

"While not prohibited, providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict with the IRS's charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration," J. Russell George said in the report.

Overall, the IRS paid out about $198 million in bonuses during that time period, according to the AP.

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