IRS Employees Under Scrutiny

How's this for a change? More than 5,000 employees with violations of misconduct will be investigated during the coming year, according to an e-mail issued by Inspector General David C. Williams.

This equates to an average of one for every 28 IRS employees, and one in every nine front-line auditors and tax collectors under investigation.

Williams is head of the newly created tax administration office. The office was created by Congress last year to ensure the Service remaines responsive to taxpayers, as well as eliminate any previous and future abuses of IRS employees.

The investigations could result in fewer criminal investigations of taxpayer audits should the office find employees' truly were negligent in their responsibilities.

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