Column: IRS couldn't survive own audit with current tax scandals

J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, has noted in a revealing audit that the Internal Revenue Service’s expenditures of $4.1 million for a training conference didn’t “appear to be a good use of taxpayer funds.”


Never let it be said that those government officials designated to watch over our best interests in their own agencies aren’t perceptive.

You can’t fool old J. Russell. He went right to the point after his office’s perusal of spending for just one of the 225 “conferences” that totaled $49 million between 2010 and 2012. Perhaps the fact that the schooling wasn’t done in a place like Las Vegas but in plain old Anaheim, Calif., made him a little more suspicious or incredulous. Well, at least the 2,609 IRS managers who attended weren’t gambling with U.S. money.


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