IRS Execs Spend $1M "Commuting" to Work

IRS Execs Spend $1M "Commuting" to Work

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Some Internal Revenue Service executives are spending hundreds of thousands of tax dollars commuting to Washington from their homes across the country rather than living in the D.C. area, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

The report said the top 15 travelers combined spent more than $1 million at government expense and each traveled for more than 200 days between fiscal 2011 and 2012. An IRS source told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the most frequent travelers were officials who work in Washington but live in Dallas, Minneapolis and Atlanta- and have been flying to work on the taxpayers’ dime for years.

To be sure, the report noted, IRS official travel is not excessive. About 60 percent of the top executives live in the D.C. area and spent under $5 million total for both 2011 and 2012.  -  Read more at The Atlanta Journal Constitution


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Brianna Ehley is the former Washington Correspondent for The Fiscal Times. She is currently a reporter on Politico's health care team in Washington, D.C.