Senators hope to chop bonuses for tax cheats at the IRS

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., introduced legislation Wednesday that would eliminate bonuses for Internal Revenue Service employees who abuse their position or are behind on their taxes, a response to reports from the last several months that hundreds of employees are getting bonuses even though they are tax delinquents.

"Today, we're taking the first step to prevent bureaucrats from getting paid bonuses while fleecing the taxpayers at the same time," Burr said. "It's unconscionable that federal employees are eligible for bonuses, paid for by Americans, while they have dodged the tax collectors."

The IRS' inspector general has said bonuses have been awarded to more than 1,000 IRS workers, leading to complaints from many in Congress that those bonuses should be withheld.

Burr's bill is just the latest bit of bad news for the agency, as a resolution calling for the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was introduced this week.

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