Dateline: Chicago, May 22, 2014
Former IRS EO Division Head Lois Lerner and all of her former colleagues still employed by the IRS must be smiling today. According to an article written by Politico's Rachael Blade, it seems that the IRS is not the only agency that has employees who do not pay their taxes. Blade writes:
It turns out that IRS employees have a much better record paying their taxes than lawmakers and their staff in both the House and Senate — almost five and three times better, to be exact, according to data released by the IRS on Thursday.
You read that correctly. The data was released by the IRS, but presumably the IRS did not violate Section 6103 because no specific names were mentioned.
While I don’t know who authorized the research or the released of the facts, one can only wonder if new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was fed up with the abuse that lawmakers have heaped on the IRS. The union representing IRS employers must be thrilled.
We now have proof of the status quo in Washington, D.C. Lawmakers were outraged when information came out several weeks ago about IRS employees owing back taxes. Turns out Congress likes to talk about being a nation of laws until the mirror is turned on them.
Unfortunately, the IRS website does not contain a press release, so the full details are sketchy at this time.
Good for the IRS and the new Commissioner. It’s time that the agency fight back.