That’s rich: IRS tweets advice on how to keep ‘good records’

Time to audit our aching sides again? Self-awareness is so very hard.

Earlier this week, Rep. Darrell Issa blasted the “maliciously self-indulgent” IRS for being effectively “guilty of tax evasion.” The agency spent lavishly on conferences while officials like Faris Fink recorded their “Star Trek” cosplay session.


And as far as keeping “good records” goes? Well, when the Treasury Department audited the costly IRS conferences, the agency couldn’t provide receipts to document the expenses.

But thanks for the advice, IRS! We especially appreciate the section of your “Recordkeeping” page that warns, “You must be able to prove (substantiate) certain elements of expenses.” You know what they say about “those who can’t do.”

Perhaps this is what the IRS meant to tweet:


Audit our aching sides! IRS tweets lack self-awareness; Citizens zing

  • mickeyco

    Next time I have a $4M expenditure, I’ll be sure to do that.

    • Clayton Grant

      I wanna party with you!

  • CatHerder

    On the other hand, if you’re a government agency, records are a bad thing.

    • TocksNedlog

      Papers tend to leave a trail.

    • nc

      New pic? Nice!

      • CatHerder

        Thanks! He finally figured out how to open both eyes at once.

  • RIChris

    Salt in the wound? The IRS knows the NSA is keeping everyone’s records,

  • Wiki David

    “When you hear talk of tyranny from others…. don’t listen to ’em! B Hussein O

  • nc

    I think they just don’t give a flying fig what we think.

    • CatHerder

      That’s because we will grow old and die, our outrage and upraised voices forgotten, while they, a soulless bureaucracy, will remain. That’s why I flinch every time some muttonhead proposes creating another one.

      • nc

        Right you are. I shiver when I try to define who “they” are, because they sure are a whole lot more than just BHO and his circle of cronies.

  • OldmanRick

    Why does one expect fiscal responsibility from any agency, organization, or political party controlled by spendthrift jackasses? Just take a look at CA, NY, PA, IL, and the US government as examples that jackasses are one of the most wasteful groups on the planet. The money spent by dims is not earned by the sweat of their brow but by that of others. If the jackasses had to pay out of pocket for their own excesses, things might be quite different. Gosh, we might not be nearly 17 trillion in debt, have an annual deficit of nearly 1.6 trillion, trillions in unfunded liabilities, and a dollar not worth the rag paper it is printed on.

  • mickeyco

    Can you imagine going thru life with the name Faris Fink?

  • vetgal1970

    If for some reason my records get effed up, can I plead the Fifth and flounce out of YOUR office?

  • trievermom

    It isn’t that they don’t know how to keep records; they obviously didn’t think they had or needed to. Who oversees the IRS really? They probably never thought they’d be scrutinized or have any “splainin” to do! Don’t you just love the people who think the rules they enforce, don’t apply to them?

  • $35072932

    Tea Party Patriots to Organize Mass ‘Audit the IRS Rally’ in D.C.
    The Tea Party Patriots will organize a mass “Audit the IRS Rally” on June 19th in Washington, D.C. with local and national Tea Party groups to protest the IRS’s targeting of conservative organizations.

  • Dominick Sammarone

    The state of Florida does not have an “income” tax. Most fortune 500 CEO’s live in Florida with Tiger Woods for that exact reason.

    Florida has a “sales” tax which everyone pays including the tourists from Europe, Canada and Brazil drug dealers, hookers and illegal aliens.

    Imagine… if we were to implement the same “sales” tax system nationwide and close down the IRS.
    You can keep 100% of your paycheck. Your tax is paid with your purchases. No more forms, no more stress, no more fear and best of all… April 15th is just another day. The US Treasury will collect the money. The IRS would be closed for good.

    There will be a lot of pissed off accountants and line dancing IRS agents.

    Lets not imagine… Lets make it happen. The a bill in congress to do just this. It needs your support to make it law.
    We’re asking everyone to call their U.S. Representative & Senator. Tell them to support the H.R. 25 / S. 13 “The FairTax Act.”


    • gary4205

      The Fair Tax is idiotic. That “prebate” alone will cost tax payers billions of dollars a month to process and send out.

      Anyone with a working brain knows it makes more sense to just EXEMPT certain items from taxes, like food.

      Plus the tax is too damned high.

      A simple RETAIL sales tax, that EXEMPTS certain items makes more sense.

      10% on goods and service with food and medical exempt from all taxes. Food from restaurants would be taxed. See how Texas does it. it WORKS.

      You charge 6% tax on vehicle sales and 3% on real estate.

      All other taxes would be illegal.

      Simple, easy, no stupid idiotic “pre-bates” for politicians to fight over that will never cover all of your “exempt” purchases in the first place.

      You Big Government people make this much more complicated than it has to be!

  • lainer51

    I always keep 90% of my records; not sure what happens to the other 10%