Reward for a job not done

A report stating the Internal Revenue Service paid a total of $1 million in bonuses to employees who owed back taxes brings several questions to mind.

First, were the bonuses received, or did the IRS garnish them?

Second, how did these employees qualify for bonuses? Would you reward a dog warden who declines to buy a dog license? A deputy registrar who drives with expired plates? Or a meter maid who fails to pay parking tickets?

A better question might be, why are these people still working for the IRS?

In 2009, an IRS spokesperson estimated 8.2 million Americans owed more than $83 billion in back taxes, penalties and interest. Yet the service can’t even get square with the ones in its employ.