IRS Credit Cards Used For Wine, Swag, Porno, Diet Pills And Other Goodies

In case you missed it, in addition to generous bonuses, IRS workers have enjoyed quite a few perks at our expense. They used IRS credit cards to purchase things such as wine, silly swag, pornography, diet pills and other goodies. How nice for them. How bad for us.

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.

For example, investigators found that one IRS employee spent $2,655 on diet pills, romance novels, steaks, a smartphone and baby-related items, including bottles, games and clothes. The case was referred to the IG’s office that investigates employee misconduct, the report said.

Read the whole thing, there’s much more. This is your tax dollars at work. If you’re reading this early in the morning before going in to work, rest easy knowing that those who process your tax returns are well taken care of with the tax dollars you work so hard to earn.

Oh, and another IRS official pleaded the Fifth. Isn’t that lovely?