November 24,2014

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Hatch Statement on IRS’s Decision to Reinstate Bonuses

WASHINGTON – Today, Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released the following statement regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) decision to reinstate performance awards.  IRS employees were notified of the decision today in an email from Commissioner John Koskinen.   

“This Thanksgiving, Americans are grateful for many things, but the IRS is not one of them.  The agency - rife with scandal, mismanagement and unaccountability - is awarding bonuses with the very tax dollars they collect from hardworking Americans.  At the same time, they are telling Congress they need more money to do their job.  Even worse, these bonuses can go to employees who owe back taxes.  It’s no wonder the American people find it hard to believe the IRS needs more money when the agency fails to collect back taxes from their own employees and instead rewards them with bonuses. American families have been doing more with less for far too long now, and it is time the IRS do the same.”