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IRS apologizes for lavish conference spending, plastic fish

By Susan Ferrechio | 06/06/13 07:00 PM

Top Internal Revenue Service officials on Thursday struggled to explain to congressional lawmakers why the agency spent $64,000 on plastic squirting fish and other "swag bag" trinkets during an over-the-top employee conference that cost taxpayers $4.1 million. IRS managers apologized Thursday...
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Tom Coburn: Treasury may have misled Congress about conference spending

By Susan Ferrechio | 06/05/13 07:20 PM

A U.S. senator is questioning whether the Treasury Department purposely misled Congress by concealing a history of excessive government spending on lavish employee conferences. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has asked a Treasury auditor to look into why the department told Coburn a year ago that it...
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Audit: IRS lacks receipts for lavish conference expenses

By Paul Bedard | 06/04/13 03:35 PM

The Treasury Department's audit of the Internal Revenue Service's 225 employee conferences that cost taxpayers nearly $50 million might not be accurate or include all of the IRS expenses because the agency that daily demands records from taxpayers didn't supply all the receipts sought by the...
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Audit finds IRS spent more than $4 million on a single employee conference

By Susan Ferrechio | 06/04/13 12:55 PM

The Internal Revenue Service spent $4.1 million on a single employee conference held in Anaheim, Calif., in 2010, one of 225 such events held over a two-year period at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $50 million. According to a 63-page report authored by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax...
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House panel: Report finds $50M for IRS conferences

By ALAN FRAM | 06/03/13 01:55 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government watchdog has found that the Internal Revenue Service spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012, a House committee said Sunday. The chairman of that committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., also released excerpts...
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