Rep. Black Slams Report Showing IRS Bureaucrats Skipped Out on Taxes

May 6, 2015

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the below statement in response to an Inspector General’s report showing that nearly 1,600 IRS employees willfully evaded taxes over a ten year window. The report found that, of employees who knowingly violated tax law, over 60 percent retained their employment with the IRS. 

“While this report should not come as a surprise, given the misdeeds we have already witnessed at the IRS, it is nonetheless outrageous and unacceptable that the very agency tasked with enforcing our tax laws would knowingly retain employees who fail to pay their own tax bill,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Clearly this is another case of the Washington political class saying ‘do as I say, not as I do.’ My Republican colleagues and I on the Ways and Means Committee will not relent in our efforts to hold the IRS accountable. Perhaps now that we have concrete proof from the agency’s own Inspector General that the IRS keeps tax cheats on the payroll, Democrats in Congress will finally join us in this effort.”

This report follows a separate report issued last month by the House Ways and Means Committee which showed that the IRS deliberately diverted funding away from customer service. Congressman Black questioned IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about these revelations in an April  22nd Oversight Subcommittee hearing.

Additionally, earlier this year, Congressman Black voted for Rep. Jason Chaffetz’ Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act, which would terminate the employment of tax delinquent federal employees and prohibit the federal government form hiring individuals with major outstanding tax debts. Democrats voted overwhelmingly against this commonsense accountability measure and blocked the bill from receiving the two-thirds support needed for passage on a suspension vote.


Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees