June 4th, 2013
06:42 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Auditing the IRS; $4.1 million spent on one conference

Already facing criticism from lawmakers at a Capitol Hill hearing today for targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, the Internal Revenue Service is now under fire for spending $4.1 million on a single employee conference in Anaheim, California in 2010.

The shocking price is revealed in a new audit released this afternoon by a Treasury Inspector General. According to the audit, there were a total of 225 IRS conferences held over three years costing taxpayers nearly $50 million.

The report focuses primarily on “questionable expenses” at that 2010 conference in Southern California attended by 2,600 IRS employees of the Small Business/Self-Employed division.

For example, more than $50,000 was spent on videos shown at the conference. That includes a Star Trek parody featuring IRS executives, while another showed executives and managers learning the Cupid Shuffle.

And get this: the agency didn’t keep receipts for all its video expenses. That’s right. The IRS, which requires taxpayers to provide receipts for most expenses claimed on tax forms, didn’t keep its own documentation.

Another example of excessive spending: More than $135,000 in speaker fees, including $17,000 for a keynote speaker who made paintings of famous people to show you must free “the thought process to find creative solutions to challenges.” Another keynote speaker received $27,500 for two hour-long speeches.

CNN’s Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash is looking through the 63-page report and will have more outrageous details on the conference tonight on AC360 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET. She’ll also have the IRS response. See how the agency says it’s made changes to avoid this crazy spending in the future.

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  1. al farrow

    I'm sure there was information shared that dealt with the job at the IRS. Its a joke to feel it was nothing more then a party.

    June 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Anita Schrader

    You know, with all the illegal things going on in our government today and all the scandals coming to light, it seems a bit ridiculous for your show to concentrate on what word was "actually said" on the moon landing 4 decades ago–give me a break–our government is targeting its citizens and lying to us on many fronts and our attorney general is a "loose cannon" and you are worried about what "actual words were said" on the moon 4 decades ago–get real and report to us on what is going on in this United States in our government NOW before it is too late to change things.

    June 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm |