The Associated Press has reported that over 1,600 IRS employees have willfully committed tax evasion in a 10-year span; most still employed in spite of a 1998 law calling for termination in such cases. Even worse, it has been reported that many of the tax-evading agents were active in enforcing the federal tax laws they have broken.
The agents found many ways to evade taxes, including “improperly claiming dependents, repeated failure to file timely tax returns, and claiming a tax credit for first-time homebuyers when the worker didn’t buy a house.”
While only 25% of the willful violators were fired, the report revealed that some of these agents received “promotions, raises and bonuses” after being caught breaking the laws they enforce.
In response to the revelations, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee stated,
“It is crucial that IRS employees are held to the same standards as the hardworking taxpayers that pay their salaries. That means filing their taxes and paying the taxes they owe to the government.”
The charade of righteous indignation continued with chairman of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., who declared,
“The IRS owes the American people an explanation for this display of bureaucratic incompetence.”
This is not surprising, as government employees do not produce wealth, they take it from the paychecks of hard-working men and women, threatening any who refuse to pay, with violence. This is called extortion, and the United States government does not take violations of its extortion racket lightly.
Hundreds if not thousands of homes and businesses a year on average are raided by SWAT teams, houses ripped apart by IRS agents tearing through personal belongings because they may not have paid the boss his cut. Sound like a scene from Goodfellas? It’s not.
The report showed 18,300 reported cases during the 10-year period in which IRS employees owed back taxes “by accident.” Their homes were not raided. Nor were the homes of the 1,580 employees who outright refused to pay their taxes and got caught.
Then again, the mafia doesn’t exactly shake themselves down for money, do they?