As the rest of America sits down to make an honest accounting of what it owes
to Uncle Sam, the Internal Revenue Service says it's making sure its employees
do the same.
Previously, the IRS conducted regular reviews of employee tax returns, but
IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson announced recently that the agency would take
additional steps to ensure employees "strictly meet and follow their tax
filing and payment requirements." The steps include a new review of tax
behavior of IRS employees, a deeper IRS compliance and auditing effort for employees,
and an expanded education and outreach effort inside the agency.
"For the IRS, enforcement begins at home. We are serious about tax enforcement,
whether it's our own employees or anyone else not following the law," Everson
There's also the motivation to avoid more embarassment. In 2003, IRS employees
raised questions about tax returns being submitted by some of their colleagues.
An investigation by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration revealed
that about half of the 25 employees identified had "tax-compliance issues"
involving their filings under Schedule C: Profit or Loss from Business. Several
employees in the inquiry have already lost their jobs, according to the IRS.
Source: IRS Newswire