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IG reports IRS credit cards used for Wine, Porn, diet pills, plush toys

Apparently line dancing lessons and videos showing IRS employees acting in a Star Trek video, at some of the over 220 personnel training conferences attended in the last three years at a cost of over $50M, aren’t the only thing the IRS wastes money on.

The Treasury’s inspector general has now reported that the IRS has wasted additional taxpayer’s dollars using credit cards to make questionable purchases on items ranging from wine to online  pornography.

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Poor oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency  credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon, dorky swag for managers’  meetings and, for one employee, romance novels and diet pills, an agency  watchdog said Tuesday.

Two IRS credit cards were used to buy online pornography, though the  employees said the cards were stolen. One of the workers reported five agency  credit cards lost or stolen.

IRS employees used agency credit cards to make more than 273,000 purchases  totaling nearly $108 million in 2010 and 2011, according to the report by the  Treasury inspector general for tax administration.

The vast majority of those purchases were legitimate, the report said.  However, the report said the IRS has inadequate controls to prevent  inappropriate purchases.

The report said the cards were used to pay for meals from $100 to $140 per person which was four to five times the amount allowed by federal rules and 28 bottles of wine at a 2010 luncheon for tax officials from foreign countries.

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In another case, cards were used to make questionable purchases of decorative  and give-away items including plush animals, bandanas, kazoos and a rented  popcorn machine.

Another cardholder allegedly made $2,655 worth of personal purchases — the  report said credit card information indicates it was spent on diet pills,  romance novels and other items, and that the purchaser may have provided false  receipts to justify it.

The IRS will be the primary agency implementing our health care through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the agency that will have our tax returns, our medical records and the demonstrated  “integrity” not give or use this information for any other purpose than for which it is intended.

You can’t make this stuff up!

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