“Statutory prohibition” clearly doesn’t matter much to the U.S.’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In direct violation of Federal law, the IRS granted around $19 million of contracts to 17 companies between 2012 and 2013 who owed government back taxes, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s (TIGTA) recent report. Beginning in the fiscal year (FY) of 2012, the IRS was prohibited from entering into contractual agreements with corporations (or individuals acting on the corporation’s behalf) having federal tax debt and/or felony convictions, under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012.
The TIGTA report surmises that the IRS did not have in place the “well-designed and effective management controls” to ensure the appropriated funds at their disposal during FYs 2012 and 2013 were used in accordance with the above regulations. Specifically, the IRS ignored Treasury Department requirements to demand the companies in question declare any Federal tax debt and/or felony convictions. A spokesperson for Citizens Against Government Waste, Curtis Kalin, said, “It’s sadly ironic that the very government agency that expects taxpayers to follow extensive rules and regulations fails to adequately prevent themselves from violating federal statutes.”
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