Set taxpayers to ‘stunned’: IRS boldly spends $60,000 on ‘Star Trek’ training video

Do you want to see the “Star Trek” training video the IRS shot? You might as well — you paid for it.

CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson has distinguished herself as a journalist with her reporting on Benghazigate and Fast and Furious, but it doesn’t take an investigative reporter to know how well $60,000 worth of amateur video will fly while White House tours are being cut because of sequestration.

Post your reviews below. Even the IRS seems reluctant to give two thumbs up to this effort, going by the statement the department issued:

The space parody video from 2010 is not reflective of overall IRS video efforts, which provide critical information to taxpayers and cost-effective employee training critical to running the nation’s tax system. In addition, the IRS has instituted tough new standards for videos to prevent situations similar to the 2010 video.

  • Plep

    IRS has television studios?

    • arttie

      For the new msnbc show, “To catch a tax cheat.” Audits of unsuspecting tax payers.

    • WilliamAmos


  • Maxx

    They are…and always will be…our idiots.

    “Spend long and improper.”

  • Frank Drebin

    It’s life, Jim. But not as we know it.

  • Scott Carroll

    Sharyl (I’ve read so many positive stories about her recently I feel comfortable calling her Sharyl. Tweet me if this is not ok Sharyl) has really been bringing the truth lately! Displaying wonderful standards of journalistic integrity and shining the antiseptic light of full disclosure upon the powerful. I expect CBS to fire her at any minute.

  • Mike Rogers

    On an almost unrelated note, happy 82’nd birthday to William Shatner.

    • Spatial Awareness

      OMG??? 82??? O.O

      • Adam Johnson

        Yeah, Shat’s hairpiece is only 42 though. 😉 That’s said tongue in cheek with love to big Bill.

        • IceColdTroll

          LOL, I’ve heard a similar joke about a lady’s somewhat suspect parts; for a sharper punchline try saying just “His hair is only 42.”

        • Spatial Awareness

          Well the good thing is …. I’m MUCH younger than I thought. ~_^

  • Stone Bryson

    What is great about Ms. Attkisson is she actually went on Twitter and asked her followers if we wanted to see this tonight. After many of us gave a resounding ‘yes’ she put in the work to get it written-up and posted as quickly as possible…. on a Friday night, when many of her media colleagues are undoubtedly off frolicking in the big city.

    News reporting in the 21st century? She’s doing it right…

  • Canadian in USA

    “In addition, the IRS has instituted tough new standards for videos to prevent situations similar to the 2010 video.”

    In other words, “if we hope and pray long enough, this will pass by and nobody will remember”.

  • Strangelove

    My question: Why does the IRS have television studios?

    • IceColdTroll

      To make training videos, it would seem. Big picture — I can see that, that it would be more (or COULD BE!) more cost efficient and effective than personal training or subcontracting the making of videos.

      • Strangelove

        I have no idea how much that sort of thing costs, but I have a feeling that it would be more affordable to farm that out to a production company than to have your own studio with production equipment and staff. I’m willing to concede that I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

    • Clayton B

      television studios I can understand. Huge ammo purchases – I don’t.

  • Adam Johnson

    Obama and his underlings have been all over sci fi lately. Specifically Trek and Star Wars stuff (sometimes both in one gaffe). This guy is such a narcissist for public pop culture adoration, this may actually be a prelude to him showing up at ComicCon every year starting soon.

    • shimauma

      Sitting on the Iron Throne

    • shimauma

      Sitting on the Iron Throne

  • Soopermexican

    Here’s another one I found from 2012, less elaborate, but with a madmen theme:

  • TocksNedlog

    Scanners detect no signs of intelligent life at the IRS.

  • mhojai

    I’m guessing, if it weren’t for the sequester, they’d have filmed on location on another planet.

  • Derek Lockhart

    At this point, I think the only thing the IRS will be beaming up are our dollars. They wasted money making this? Don’t get me wrong, it’s funny and entertaining as far as training videos go but I’m curious what happened to the other 54k dollars! 😉

  • NumbuhOne

    “I’m a doctor Jim not an auditor. Oh, wait…”

  • Markward

    We are the Democratic party lower your Constitution and prepare to be enslaved. Your money and your freedoms will be added to our collective. Resistance is futile.


    Beam me up Scottie…..There is no intelligent life down here!!

  • traffic_robot

    This video is hilarious. No discussion about trying to operate more efficiently and merely reinforces their own perceived self-worth as tax collectors.

  • RightThinking1

    “There was also a Gilligan’s Island parody IRS training video.”

    Probably looking for crew for the USS Gabby Giffords

  • RightThinking1

    Set your Phasors to ‘Stupid’

  • DavidKramer

    erm, was she being facetious or is there really an IRS studio? If so, mark that down on my wish list for real sequestration.

  • TJCrane_NCC1701

    You can be sure that they’re not going to Uranus, because they’re mining taxes there already…