Chuck Grassley: IRS employees to receive $70 million in bonuses [correction added]

If this is true, it’s absolutely outrageous.

According to Sen. Chuck Grassley, IRS employees are set to receive $70 million in bonuses. $70 million.

From Politico:

In a letter to acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel on Tuesday, Grassley said it violates an April directive from the White House to agencies to halt all bonuses because of budget constraints. Werfel, who worked at the Office of Management and Budget at the time, was the author of those guidelines.

“The IRS always claims to be short on resources,” Grassley said in a statement on Wednesday. “But it appears to have $70 million for union bonuses.”

If ever there were a time to audit the IRS, this would be it.

Infuriating. Is this how it works in the IRS? Cultivate corruption, target conservatives, and reap the financial rewards? Citizens are rightly disgusted:


The initial version of the post said the bonuses would be $70 billion. We regret the error.

  • Kirk Leggott

    Correct your headline: Millions, not Billions.

  • V the K

    $70 Million? That’s almost a whole OVU. (Obama vacation unit)

    • lainer51

      Or MeShell’s shoe budget!

  • Stephen L. Hall

    Does this surprise anyone?

    • GrindingMills

      Not really. Considering there are 106,000 employees (2010), the average is only $660/person. I don’t think the problem is the $70m bonus, I think the problem is that they have 106,000 employees.

      • Canadian in USA

        Even so, the optics is not good.

      • lainer51


      • Wiki David

        …and IG’s have 12, 000 employees. And they only audit the IRS scandal. Not a full investigation. An audit. An inquiry. Where is the demand for full IG investigation. 71 IG’s have 12, 000 employes.

    • Jeremy

      not me.

  • ObamaFail

    These people don’t deserve a bonus. Especially the ones behind the IRS targeting of conservative and Christian groups. They should be fired and arrested.

  • walterc

    I don’t mind giving them 70 million if it’s classified as severance pay. Shut it down.

  • gracepmc

    IRS UNION wins IRS bonuses for a corrupt politicized agency who targets political opponents and remands responsible people to administrative leave with full pay in lieu of firing them. Meanwhile public access to WH remains closed due to sequester.

    Had enough yet America? Or are we waiting for our personalized electronic postcards from the Obama family grand tour of Africa?

  • Jeremy

    What a joke.The IRS needs to go away.