The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is hard (ha!) at work performing your tax returns and audits. But did you know that the tax man likes to waste your tax dollars on frivolous and highly questionable spoofs?
The Associated Press reported that IRS admitted spending $60,000 on “Star Trek” and “Gilligan’s Island” parodies, but most of the funds went to the former. The “Star Trek” video was produced for the 2010 training session shown and created at a studio in Maryland, but not everyone finds it funny.
The House Ways and Means committee said that it’s an example of waste and overreaching. It seems that IRS employees agree.
“”The IRS recognizes and takes seriously our obligation to be good stewards of government resources and taxpayer 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.”
What if you spent the money you owed to the IRS on such a thing? Would they say it’s OK as long as you write a statement to the agency? Chances are quite slim that they’ll just forget about it.