IRS Workers Found to Have Evaded Tax Payment
A recent report indicated that over a 10 year period approximately 1,600 Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) employees willfully evaded their tax obligations. The wrongful activity included:
- failing to file timely
- claiming improper dependents
- claiming improper first-time homebuyer credits
The law calls for the termination of such employees unless it is waived by the IRS commissioner. Yet many of these employees were not only not fired, but went on to receive bonuses, raises and promotions. Only within the last year has the IRS made it a policy that bonuses are not payable to employees who willfully fail to pay taxes.
Notably, the same report indicated that over 18,000 IRS employees underpaid their taxes, without the act being defined as willful.
Renee Howdeshell is a founding member of Fulcrum Inquiry, an accounting, finance and economic consulting firm that performs damage analyses for commercial litigation, forensic accountings, royalty & distribution audits, financial investigations, and business valuations. Ms. Howdeshell holds a degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She has testified as an expert witness in federal court, CA state court and arbitration regarding the results of her work. She can be reached at (213) 787-4112 and her resume is available at www.fulcrum.com.
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