Chaffetz Statement on Tax Delinquent IRS Employees Receiving Bonuses

Apr 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement regarding a recent report that IRS employees received bonuses even though they owe back taxes:

“Given the behavior uncovered over the previous years – political targeting, refusal to comply with subpoenas, and excessive spending on lavish conferences – it is hard to imagine that 69% of the agency’s workforce are deserving of rewards for performance. The indiscriminate awarding of bonuses to the very people IRS should be firing is unacceptable. There is no excuse for the incompetence of one of the nation’s most powerful federal agency.”

Chaffetz sponsored legislation – H.R. 249, the Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act – that would address this issue. The bill would not only terminate the employment of current tax delinquent federal employees, but would also prohibit the future hiring of federal employees who already have seriously delinquent tax debt. The bill failed to gain two-thirds majority in the House during the 113th Congress. However, identical legislation passed the House during the 112th Congress.