Latest IRS Sin: $50M Spent on Conferences in 3 Years
'Inappropriate' outlay included line-dancing lessons
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2013 2:36 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Sympathy might be in short supply for the IRS, which has been hit by an audit at a very inconvenient time. A government watchdog's look at the scandal-hit agency's books found that it spent around $50 million on more than 200 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012, according to the House Oversight Committee. The spending included baseball tickets, $135,000 in fees for 15 outside speakers (among them: $17,000 paid for a talk on "leadership through art"), and videos showing IRS employees taking line-dancing lessons and acting in a Star Trek parody, the AP reports.

The two videos alone cost more than $50,000 to produce, a small part of the $4 million spent on a conference in Anaheim for which the agency failed to follow standard government practice and negotiate lower room rates, congressional aides say. Some of the 2,600 attendees at the Anaheim conference stayed in presidential suites that cost up to $3,500 a night. Acting IRS chief Daniel Werfel says the spending was "inappropriate" and conference spending has since been cut dramatically, the Wall Street Journal reports. He says the expenses for the Anaheim shindig were "an unfortunate vestige from a prior era."

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KDickley
Jun 4, 2013 8:33 PM CDT
It's time to retire the IRS and get a flat tax.
backpath2
Jun 3, 2013 3:50 PM CDT
Yet one more example of why less government is the best medicine. Citizens' wallets should not be a private bank to which politicians and bureaucrats present withdrawal slips whenever the whim strikes them. It is time to repeal the 16th Amendment, and devise another way to raise the monies necessary to operate a slimmed down Federal government.
jfarley
Jun 3, 2013 10:18 AM CDT
I can understand a bit of R & R but use your own money not the tax payers..All there doing is creating scandle after scandle you mud sling me i'll mud sling you and these are adults. Again please stop messing with the Tax man we'll all be in a world of hurt later. LOL End of Story