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.”

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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. (Read more IRS stories.)

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