IRS' New Headache: Dance Video

House Republicans salivate over new evidence of abuse

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 2, 2013 9:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Another day, another cringe-inducing instance of the IRS looking tone deaf: The latest embarrassment comes via the House Ways and Means Committee, which Friday released a video of IRS employees line-dancing to the "Cupid Shuffle"—on the taxpayer dime. The video is apparently what passed for entertainment at a 2010 IRS conference in Anaheim that cost $4.1 million, reports Politico, but Republicans aren't exactly chuckling. One committee members blasts it as "frivolous entertainment," adding that "abuse and waste is the norm and not the exception.”

The IRS is already on damage control, with acting chief Daniel Werfel calling spending outlined in a report coming this week “an unfortunate vestige from a prior era.” He notes that IRS spending on conferences is down "80% since 2010 and similar large-scale meetings did not take place in 2011, 2012 or 2013." The report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is called “Collected and Wasted: The IRS Spending Culture and Conference Abuses," and reportedly outlines some $49 million the IRS spent on conferences over the past three years. Click for the video.

A scene from an IRS video provided to Congress on Friday, May 31, 2013, featuring employees dancing. The recording cost about $1,600 and was produced at a 2010 leadership conference.   (AP Photo/IRS)
A scene from an IRS video provided to Congress on Friday, May 31, 2013, featuring employees dancing. The recording cost about $1,600 and was produced at a 2010 leadership conference.   (AP Photo/IRS)
A scene from an IRS video provided to Congress on Friday, May 31, 2013, featuring employees dancing. The recording cost about $1,600 and was produced at a 2010 leadership conference.   (AP Photo/IRS)
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