Sam Johnson to IRS: Stop Taxpayer-Funded Bonuses to Delinquent IRS Workers
Washington, D.C. – As Americans across the country race to file their tax returns on the last filing day of the tax season, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), a senior member of the Ways and Means tax-writing Committee, reintroduced the No Bonuses for Tax Delinquent IRS Employees Act. The two-page bill does just as it sounds – it would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from handing out bonuses to employees who owe back taxes.
After introducing his bill, Sam Johnson made the following statement:
“Last year we learned that the IRS gave over $1 million in bonuses and other rewards to more than 1,100 employees who owe back taxes. I don’t know what’s most outrageous – that the very people hired to enforce our tax laws owe taxes, that the IRS has the audacity to reward these tax-owing employees, or that these IRS employees receive bonuses paid for by American taxpayers! What the IRS is doing is offensive to hardworking, law-abiding taxpayers. And I’m working to end this NOW.
“The No Bonuses for Tax Delinquent IRS Employees Act is a commonsense bill – and it’s the right thing to do. It’s time for the IRS to respect hardworking American taxpayers.”
The No Bonuses to Tax Delinquent IRS Employees Act of 2014 is in response to a report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration revealing that the IRS paid out bonuses and other rewards to employees who owe back taxes. According to the Inspector General, more than 1,100 employees received cash awards totaling more than $1 million and more than 10,000 hours in extra time off.
The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 requires the IRS to fire workers who are tax cheats (e.g. failure to file a tax return). However, according to the Inspector General, the IRS does not, as a practical matter, take into account whether an employee has a tax problem when it comes to providing bonuses and other awards for employees.