This is the start of a story I just spotted on the Chicago Tribune website. Remember, this is not from The Onion or other spoof news site. This is real.
“More than 2,800 Internal Revenue Service workers who had been disciplined recently received millions of dollars in bonuses and time off as part of an employee recognition program, a new government audit shows.
“The IRS has a program that rewards its employees for a job well done, but a report released Tuesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that, between October 1, 2010, and December 31, 2012, more than 2,800 recently disciplined IRS workers got more than $2.8 million in monetary awards and more than 27,000 hours in time-off awards.
“The employee infractions included not paying their taxes.
“’While not prohibited, providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict with the IRS’ charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration,’ J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, said in a statement.”
This is our government — a government that punishes us if we’re even one day late paying our taxes while giving cash bonuses and other perks to Internal Revenue Service employees who fail to pay their taxes. Is this a great country or what!