IRS Dance Video: Your tax dollars spent wisely
New acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel is already on the defense. Late Friday, he said the new TIGTA report will show “an unfortunate vestige from a prior era.” Calling the expenses from the conferences “inappropriate,” Werfel emphasized that steps have been taken to make sure similar incidents don’t happen in the future.
“Sweeping new spending restrictions have been put in place at the IRS, and travel and training expenses have dropped more than 80 percent since 2010 and similar large-scale meetings did not take place in 2011, 2012 or 2013,” he said.
After news broke earlier this year that the IRS had used thousands of taxpayer dollars to create “Star Trek” and “Gilligan’s Island” parody videos, Boustany demanded the agency turn over all videos “depicting television or movie parodies.”
The video released Friday came from that request.
The TIGTA report will detail the cost of hundreds of IRS conferences, including the Anaheim conference, price-tagged at $4.1 million and “paid for in part with about $3.2 million in unused funds from the IRS’s enforcement budget,” according to the Post. . . .