WTF Headline Of The Day: Tax-Cheating IRS Staff Got Bonuses

Tyler Durden's picture

If you read this without saying "umm, what?" read it again... USA Today notes that a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration shows the IRS handed out $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with disciplinary issues - including more than $1 million to employees who didn't pay their federal taxes.


As USA Today continues,

The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said 1,146 IRS employees received bonuses within a year of substantiated federal tax compliance problems.


The bonuses weren't just monetary. Employees with tax problems received a total of 10,582 hours of paid time off — valued at about $250,000 — and 69 received permanent raises through a step increase, the report said. 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.


The IRS said it has instituted a policy to take conduct into account when handing 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. The union did not respond to a request for comment.


"We take seriously our unique role as this nation's tax administrator, and we will strive to implement a policy that protects the integrity of the tax administration system and the reputation of the service," IRS chief Human Capital Officer David Krieg said in a written response to the audit.

So - if you are a non-government-employee who doesn't pay your taxes, you get jail and accounts frozen... but if you're an IRS employee... you get a fucking bonus!!!

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Deathrips's picture

Lamppost, Rope, Boiling tar, Feathers..... PRICELESS!



Pladizow's picture

The test for whether one is living in a police state is that those who are charged with enforcing the law are allowed to break the laws with impunity.” – Jon Roland  (1944) Founder of the Constitution Society.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

if there was any doubt, this should do it

Joe Davola's picture

Really, after Turbo Tax Timmy would we expect anything less.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Yeah, really... surprise, surprise...

It seems many people have "surprise fatigue" so they try to rewind to years past and pretend it's just *now* surprising.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Well, it's because government employees are more important than we are.  They are, after all, "public servants".  Doing what is best for us.

And they're our superiors as well.


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

(See negative rates #4684161 below)

CH1's picture

As Joe America sits, drooling in his beer.

BellyBrain's picture

Rules are for the ruled, not the rulers (or their enforcers).

A Nanny Moose's picture

Exactly. Good for these people. Perhaps obedience to the law is THE problem?

exi1ed0ne's picture

Ahem, Timothy Geithner.  Why should anyone care more about plebs when the Tresury Secretary can get away with it?

Nobody with 2 brain cells are suprised by this shit anymore.

max2205's picture

Send everyone home who works in Congress. ..the inmates are running the asylum

kchrisc's picture

Why? The banksters will just put new rodents in office. And home?! I don't think so.

My guillotine says that the answer is always fewer pols, crats and banksters and that he can get the job done.


SilverRhino's picture

Boiling Tar?   Nah .... melted zinc (from pennies)

Billy Sol Estes's picture

No, this shouldn't be surprising to anyone.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


No, this shouldn't be surprising to anyone.

When you understand to whom the tax code is intended to apply it can hardly be considered unexpected.

Gringo Viejo's picture

Not like it was their money. Assholes!

optimator's picture

Are they out of control?

Or, are they in control..

pods's picture

The US government is the largest racket on earth.

The world will be a better place when the FRN dies and the government withers on the vine.


SpanishGoop's picture

And Brussels a very close second.


Rainman's picture

hahaha ....yo. them public unions in the IRS wuz a great idea,,,huh ?

insanelysane's picture

Private citizen - Wages garnished by the Justice Department

Public "servant" - Bonus, time off, pay raise!

NOTW777's picture

if you want to please obama, cheat and target political opponents

KingdomKum's picture

I've come to expect this type of behavior lately, why is anyone surprised anymore?

Blankenstein's picture

Off topic, but more bad behavior.  Possibly a Hollywood version of the Franklin Coverup??


assistedliving's picture

wtf?  do they think they're WS bankers?

Radical Marijuana's picture

Wall Street bankers could not operate without the IRS enforcing the bankers legalized fraudulent creation of "money" out of nothing as debts. Without We the People being forced to pay taxes using that fiat "money," then that "money" would be nothing more than little pieces of paper, or bursts of electricity, with practically zero intrinsic value. MONEY IS MEASUREMENT BACKED BY MURDER. In the American context, Wall Street does the measurements, while the IRS provides the threat of murder to back those measurements up.

Of course, most people who read Zero Hedge already recognize that the IRS is a runaway extortion racket, and therefore, a news story like this one merely confirms that fact. However, in my view, most Zero Hedge readers still seem to pine for the nostalgic nonsense about what the American money supply should have been. I.e., American money was supposed to be backed by gold and silver, whose value was set by Congress. Within that context, people could have traded in a more realistic market, using real money that meant something objective. However, that view still presumes that somehow that America was not built on robbing the entire continent from the people who were living there previously for more than 10,000 years. It also presumes that somehow America was not substantially built on the history of slavery. Of course, those are the deeper problems with respect to notions about how money should be sound and honest, by being backed by gold and sliver. Those notions tend to deliberately ignore that ALL private property was based on backing up claims with coercions, and that "money" was merely the most refined symbolization of that process.

The government of the USA is now embedded in a globalized system of electronic frauds, backed by the threat of the force of atomic weapons. The police and military are the manifestation of the legalized violence, which backs up the legalized lies. THE BASIC PROBLEM IS THE RUNAWAY "TRIUMPHS" OF THOSE LEGALIZED LIES.

What I primarily think is that the runaway triumphs of ENFORCED FRAUDS have driven civilization to become too criminally insane to be able to comprehend how criminally insane that has become. The combination of the Big Banks, backed by the IRS, is an expression of the runaway criminal insanity our civilization, which is based on almost universalized attitudes of evil deliberate ignorance towards what they are really doing, which is create "money" out of nothing as debts, in order to finance strip-mining the whole planet to hell.

It is an interesting question to wonder what is the degree of personal awareness of senior officials within the IRS that they are running an extortion racket, which, theoretically, can be demonstrated to not even have been properly legalized in the past. ??? Of course, I do not know the answer to that question, although in general, the higher that one goes in any social pyramid system, the better those people become at being professional liars and immaculate hypocrites, and therefore, the harder it becomes to detect whatever they might actually personally think.

Since the real human ecology and political economy are based on the maximum possible deceits and frauds, as symbolized by institutions such as the IRS and the Federal Reserve Board, developing any kinds of relatively saner forms of ecology and economics is practically impossible. Human realities are necessarily always systems of organized lies, operating robberies. However, since the government of the USA does that through maintaining the maximum possible bullshit about what it is doing, we get news stories, like the one above, demonstrating the degree to which that government has become stark raving mad.

Given the profound depth and astronomically amplified SIZE of those problems, developing better human ecologies and industrial ecologies, which were not based upon operating through attitudes of the maximum possible evil deliberate ignorance towards the natural ecologies, appears to be practically impossible. In that context, the runaway social polarization manifests, symbolized by this story, and the comments upon it, such as that:

“The test for whether one is living in a police state is that those who are charged with enforcing the law are allowed to break the laws with impunity.”

-– Jon Roland  (1944)

The DEEPER problem behind that was that the USA was originally based on promoting false fundamental dichotomies, and the related impossible ideals, which necessarily guaranteed that that government must become more and more hypocritical, while getting locked into vicious spirals of legalized violence backing up legalized lies, such as, especially since 1913, the IRS backing up the FED. The laws of man are based upon backing up lies with violence. Since those who make and enforce those laws deny that, it seems impossible to reconcile those laws of man with the laws of nature. Rather, the laws of man tend to operate on the basis of evil deliberate ignorance towards the laws of nature, in ways whereby the laws of nature are ONLY understood to the degree that that enables men to be better at being dishonest and violent, but are NOT understood to become better at perceiving the bigger picture within which that problem occurs!

THEREFORE, almost everyone who is even aware of the real nature of the social facts (which is relatively a very small number) continues to promote the same old-fashioned religions and ideologies as somehow being able to provide the "solutions" for these political problems, that governments are the biggest form of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gang of criminals. HENCE, we are currently trapped in the vicious feedback loops of ENFORCED FRAUDS, benefiting those who maintain those systems, driving the whole process towards mad self-destruction, because being able to operate that requires those doing it maintain attitudes of evil deliberate ignorance towards the reality of what they are doing.

This news story is about how some senior officials working for the IRS are getting paid more for being the kinds of professional liars and immaculate hypocrites which are required to be able to do their real jobs. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE WHOLE CIVILIZATION IS NOW BASED UPON OPERATING IN THAT WAY ... That civilization is based on promoting false fundamental dichotomies, and related impossible ideals, which make it utterly impossible for that civilization to do anything other than operate itself through attitudes of evil deliberate ignorance about what it is really doing.

In order to make the laws of nature consistent with the laws of man, it is necessarily the case that all human laws are organized systems of lies, backed by organized systems of violence, i.e., like the FED and the IRS. Of course, meanwhile, that entire system is based upon being run by professional liars and hypocrites, while it is opposed by forms of controlled opposition that base their criticisms upon the same sets of bullshit attitudes.

Since citizens do not understand, and do not want to understand, that, as citizens, they are members of an organized crime gang, which is their country, they have become almost completely incompetent to act as "We the People" that express their collective power to control the government. Instead, there has been a runaway social polarization, and destruction of the natural world, which has its root causes in that the biggest bullies' bullshit world view dominates not only the established systems, but also the controlled opposition to those established systems.

Meanwhile, the Grand Canyon Paradoxes keep on growing, and GROWING, that progress in science and technology is NOT matched by progress in politics, because that would take a profound  paradigm shift, which would reverse the ways that all previously established religions and ideologies have tended to think. In the meantime, we get greater and greater scientific progress, and technologies that become trillions of times more powerful, all of which are employed in ways which are based upon attitudes of evil deliberate ignorance towards the basic facts that human laws are necessarily legalized lies, operating legalized robberies.

Obviously, that is what the FED and the IRS have become, while those doing that are rewarded for lying about that, and those who oppose them tend to continue to operate from within the same frame of reference of those lies. To truly become more scientific about human societies requires understanding how and why governments are the biggest form of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals, in ways which stop promoting the same old bullshit that the "solutions" for those problems are to somehow "stop" that from happening.

Even more obviously, there is no practical political point in my explaining this, since the tragic trajectory that civilization is on is for its entrenched attitudes of evil deliberate ignorance, towards the ways that the laws of men actually relate to the laws of nature, to still drive the runaway social polarization, and destruction of the natural world, to have to go through psychotic breakdowns, rather than enough people will understand that enough to prevent it, or even to maybe mitigate it happening.

A Lunatic's picture

I'm through getting mad about shit like this. I am instead going to direct my emotional energy toward the more positive goal of reaching as near total independence from this abysmally corrupt system as I can......

Oldwood's picture

We would assume that the system would collapse in upon itself given its destructive attitude towards the productive, but I think about the Soviets and Red China and how they deliberately murdered and imprisoned their professional class people and yet continued on for decades. Sometimes I tell myself "fuck them, let them try and do it without me", yet other times, I believe that is exactly what they want from me...surrender,  submission. The lack of productivity will destroy our economy, but they don't care. They don't care how poor or hungry the masses become, because it makes the masses only more desperate, and they focus all their energy in division, keeps us at each other's throats, while they live in absolute power and decadence. We are fucked. We can resist, either by bailing out of it which will likely come at significant cost to our existence, or resist and end up on the evening news as another nut job that made the police "uncomfortable" and found themselves dead on the pavement.

CH1's picture

Withdrawing from their rigged game is the only sane option.

What you then have to do is start building a better world without socipath thugs.

Boxed Merlot's picture

yet other times, I believe that is exactly what they want from me...surrender,  submission...


However, the great thing about surrender is now your sole purpose is escape.  To think of anything other than escape is to be worse than being dead.  You're now free to do nothing more than to demoralize, ridicule and teach others that have been left alive by these forces of evil to do the same.



Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Very well said. I think you nailed it. As long as they have the country blaming eac other, instead of looking at the fed and govt, they can keep on getting away with it.

A Lunatic's picture

I was once a slave to forces far more powerful and destructive than those who oppose liberty in the world, and though I may not live to see it, this too shall pass......

sondernauch's picture

The U.S. government just needs to be dissolved. Those early Americans who opposed the formation of the U.S. government are all owed a huge apology.

reTARD's picture

You have to be "above the law" in order to enforce the law. Do cops get parking tickets for parking at the red curb?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

This bears repeating:

... but if you're an IRS employee... you get a fucking bonus!!!

Yes, indeed, you get a fucking bonus. The more people fucked, the bigger the bonus.

Emergency Ward's picture

I have but one UP arrow to give for that observation.  I don't often give UP arrows, but when I do.......

elwind45's picture

" use it or lose it" rules

blindman's picture

and also ...
if you are a properly aligned corporation no tax
sticks on you, only bailouts, structural essential or
national security status with the sundry lucre and
largess. some might think there is a
class structure being imposed on the new global

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

Born free -- as free as the wind blows! </sarc>

RaymondKHessel's picture

GM gets bailed out by taxpayers only to suddenly "come clean" with chinsing on a 50 cent part killing xxx of these taxpayers. What does that make a taxpayer?

geotrader's picture

Mr. Whistleblower better get the hell outta dodge.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture


"That's why we're richer than you are!"

BeerMe's picture

People shouldn't continue sitting down on this.  If people within the IRS can't pay their taxes they obviously are an organization that needs defunded and destroyed.  If the IRS is used as a political tool against political enemies they obviously are an organization that needs defunded and destroyed.

Why do we continue to put up with it?