Rep. Darrell Issa says IRS ‘guilty of tax evasion’

The House Oversight Committee held a hearing Thursday to grill IRS officials about the recently discovered expenditures on conferences that spanned several years. Chairman Darrell Issa didn’t hold back and hit hard with his questioning.

Issa blasted IRS Small Business Division Commissioner Faris Fink for not issuing W-2s for the income to employees, for not having proper receipts for expenditures, and for spending thousands of dollars on videos that were not beneficial to employees.

“To find out that not only does the IRS take your money, not give you proper answers, and then when it comes to tens of millions of dollars, use it in a way that is at best maliciously self-indulgent,” Issa said. “To spend more than you would have spent by normal negotiations for rooms is unthinkable for any agency, but when it’s the IRS and they give to their own employees benefits such as local employees in Anaheim and then fail to file W-2s for that income, the IRS effectively was guilty of tax evasion.”

Fink said W-2s were issued, but not until after the inspector general report was released. Issa said because of the nature of their work, they knew better.

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