The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a review of the IRS employee credit card program this week. Many of the items that were purchased and approved may astound you. Taken directly from the report, Americans for Tax Reform has compiled a list of the ten most ridiculous items purchased with IRS credit cards:
Item #1: â??Nerf Footballsâ?
IRS employees used their credit card to purchase $119 worth of Nerf footballs that were intended to be used for a â??team-building exercise.â? As if that wasnâ??t bad enough, they never used the balls, which are â??currently stored in a filing cabinetâ? somewhere in the bowels of the IRS.
Item #2: â??Related Alcohol Purchasesâ?
At one luncheon, IRS credit cards were used for â??related alcohol purchasesâ? including 28 bottles of wineâ??for 41 guests. As a bottle of wine contains about five servings, this equates to three and a half glasses of wine per person. YOLO!
Item #3: â??Thomas the Tank Engine Rubber Wristbandsâ?
For the child in all of us, the IRS purchased these for â??managersâ?? meetings.â? These were part of the â??almost $4,000 in improper decorative and give-away itemsâ? that TIGTA found in their review.
Item #4: Worldâ??s Largest Crossword Puzzle
Along with some jigsaw puzzles, the IRS purchased the â??worldâ??s largest crossword puzzle.â? These purchases cost $89 of taxpayer money. Hopefully the IRS actually used these in their â??team buildingâ? activities — unlike those poor Nerf footballs.
Item #5: â??Plush Animalsâ?
Even IRS agents need a little love sometimes, which may be why plush animals were purchased with IRS credit cards as give away prizes. Who wouldnâ??t want to go home and squeeze their little teddy after a long day of harassing free-market grassroots groups?
Item #6: â??Bathtub Toy Boatsâ?
Another one of the â??give-away itemsâ? at the IRS managersâ?? meetings were â??bathtub toy boatsâ?. The IRS spent $418 to purchase these, along with some other â??improper decorative and give-away items.â?
Item #7: â??Stove Top Hatsâ?
Not many people can pull off the hat like Abe Lincoln did, but that didnâ??t stop IRS agents from trying to outdo our 16th President. Stove top hats were purchased using an IRS credit card as yet another â??give-away prize.â?
Item #8: â??Kazoosâ?
The IRS must enjoy the sound of Kazoos. They used your tax money for â??novelty decorations and give-away items, such as kazoosâ? which were awarded as prizes during their managersâ?? meetings. Donâ??t you really wish you knew what went on in these meetings?
Item #9: â??Dinner at an approximate cost of $140 per person.â?
The report notes a â??dinner at an approximate cost of $140 per person, four times the Federal Government per diem rate in Washington D.C.â? At the time of this conference the per diem rate was $36 for dinner.
Item #10: A $100 Per Person Lunch
The IRS spent five times the Federal Government per diem rate of $18 when they bought lunch at $100 per guest. And they say there is no such thing as a free lunch.
Even with a release of this report on the spend-thrift, fiscal insanity of the IRS, they are still granting employee bonuses totaling $70 million.