IRS Employees Don’t Pay the Tax, Do Get Extra Pay
|May 22, 2014||Posted by Staff under Corruption|
This 2014 excerpt of The Associated Press, Apr 22, is by Stephen Ohlemacher.
The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes.
More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes.
Other examples of misconduct by workers getting bonuses included misusing government credit cards for travel, drug use, violent threats, and fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits.
The IRS had about 100,000 workers during the period under review. In the 2011 budget year, more than 70,000 IRS workers got cash bonuses totaling $92 million. In the 2012 budget year, nearly 68,000 workers got cash bonuses totaling $86 million.
Tax compliance at the IRS is generally better than at other federal agencies. In 2011, 3.2 percent of federal workers owed back taxes. The delinquency rate for the general public was 8.2 percent.
Ed. Notes: Such irony is delicious! I wonder if corruption could be cut out if the system itself were not corrupt? What if government did not take people’s earnings but instead recovered our common wealth for our common benefit?
I mean, don’t charge people for the wealth they create but for the nature and privileges they take. Don’t levy their wages, their purchases, and their buildings, but charge them for their pollution, their extraction of natural resources, and their occupying locations in settled areas. Then people would pay only for what they take, not what they make.
Further, citizens could be paid a fair share of the raised revenue. In such an equitable system, the model for justice would be clear to all, and the bar would be set so high, it seems it’d be hard for employees to cheat but rather would feel inspired to strive for the highest ideals.