IRS employees spent $1.4 million in taxpayer funds on lavish travel and hotels, according to a new report from the Senate Finance Committee.
Sens. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) and Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), the committee’s chairman and ranking member, respectively, wrote in May 2016 to the IRS and other federal agencies to evaluate their travel policies and practices, asking what the costs of those activities were and whether or not the agencies have done anything to reduce costs.
The Finance Committee found that the IRS had 27 employees who traveled 125 business days at a cost of more than $1.4 million in fiscal year 2015. The average cost of each trip totaled $52,800 and lasted an average of 207 days.
One employee racked up $72,544 in hotel costs, spending $43,726 at the Ritz Carlton in Arlington, Virginia, alone. Another employee spent nearly half a year living in the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., which cost taxpayers $38,799.