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Charged to IRS Cards: Porn, Romance Novels, Kazoos
New report finds some charges weren't exactly business-related
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2013 9:12 AM CDT
The Internal Revenue Service building at the Federal Triangle complex in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

(Newser) – The IRS is under fire again (must be Wednesday), this time for allowing employees to expense items such as popcorn machines, Nerf footballs, and stove top hats on taxpayer-funded credit cards. A new report by the Treasury's inspector general for tax administration looking at spending over two financial years says that although "the majority of IRS cardholders appear to use their purchase cards properly," a small number of employees made "inappropriate" charges. "Inappropriate" as in the cards of two employees—one who is still with the IRS—were used to pay for online porn, reports NBC News. (In fairness, both employees reported their cards missing or compromised, though one reported five cards as lost.)

One woman racked up $2,655 on things like diet pills, romance novels, steaks, and a smartphone, which were then filed as "reference books and office supplies." Other questionable spending identified in the report: a government luncheon where 41 guests drank 28 bottles of wine; and $4,000 in items intended for team-building and morale, such as Thomas the Tank Engine wristbands, kazoos, and the "world’s largest crossword puzzle." The inspector general has made 11 recommendations to increase oversight of the program.

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Infidel123
Jun 27, 2013 6:36 AM CDT
Another reason for bigger Gov't !!!- but God forbid a corporation wastes their own money, the Libs want to put them in jail.
RidersOnTheStorm
Jun 26, 2013 10:00 PM CDT
The scandal-ridden agency spent $50 million on conferences for employees. The IRS held more than 200 employee conferences between 2010 and 2012, including one 2012 meeting in Anaheim, CA, that cost taxpayers $4 million. Meanwhile.......more Than $1.4B in Student Loans Is Ripped Off in 2012: Fraud and clerical errors cost the government $614 million in the Federal Stafford loan program—as more recipients are pocketing the money and have no intention of going to college, according to the Education Department. For the Pell Grant program the federal government lost about $829 million to improper payments in 2012. And just for good measure............Obama jets off to Africa today on the most expensive trip of his presidency – one that will cost $60 million to $100 million, according to The Washington Post.
Kenja
Jun 26, 2013 5:19 PM CDT
And why are they not announcing massive layoffs of these individuals yet?