What would happen to you if your boss found out you were cheating on your work expenses? In most cases, you would probably been shown the door. Dishonest employees usually don’t keep their jobs for very long once they’ve been caught. So what do you think would happen if the IRS discovered that several of its own employees were cheating on their taxes? If you guessed they would be fired immediately, then you’d be wrong.
It turns out that more than 50 percent of IRS employees that intentionally cheated on their taxes last year did not get fired on the spot. In fact, they got to keep their jobs. According to a report from the inspector general, the IRS allowed nine employees that were cheating on their taxes between April and September to stay on with the agency.
The IRS also reported that between one to three employees were allowed to resign instead of be fired and one to three were also terminated. According to those numbers the leniency rate was somewhere between 60 and 82 percent, but the IRS won’t give exact numbers.
However, overall the IRS reports that close to 99 percent of its employees pay their taxes on time and in full, which is a much higher rate than the general population, as well as higher than other government agencies.