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IRS wastes $60,000 in taxpayer money on ‘Star Trek’ parody

irsThe Internal Revenue Service has gone where no government agency has gone before – and is now paying the consequences for it.

That’s because it was discovered last week that our favorite federal tax collection agency spent a whopping $60,000 producing and distributing training and instructional videos based on the 1960s TV shows “Star Trek” and “Gilligan’s Island.”

Fortunately, Congress isn’t too thrilled with the videos, as the House Ways and Means Committee reprimanded the agency Friday for wasting taxpayer money on the videos.

“There is nothing more infuriating to a taxpayer than to find out the government is using their hard-earned dollars in a way that is frivolous,” said House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.),  according to the Washington Guardian.

Boustany added that he sent a letter to the acting commissioner of the IRS to “inquire about videos depicting television or movie parodies,” and that he wants to find out if additional taxpayer money was devoted to activities not related to the “core functions” of the IRS. He also asked for the accounting of costs associated with the video’s production, any communications discussing the video, and a detailed account of taxpayer money spent by the Maryland studio in which the video was filmed by April 3. 

The IRS later apologized for the videos, which were used during the agency’s training seminar in 2010.

“The IRS recognizes and takes seriously our obligation to be good stewards of government resources and tax payer dollars,” the agency said in a statement. “There is no mistaking that this video did not reflect the best stewardship of resources. A video of this type would not be made today.”

You can watch the IRS’s “Star Trek” parody here:

 

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