Skip to comments.Union prevents Werfel from canceling IRS bonuses as promised
Posted on 07/11/2013 3:43:11 PM PDT by markomalley
Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfels promise to suspend taxpayer-funded bonuses to IRS officials might not be fully realized because it will violate a contract between the scandal-plagued agency and a public-employee labor union.
In this unprecedented budget situation, I do not believe the IRS should pay performance awards this year to employees, managers or executives, Werfel wrote in an email to IRS employees this week.
This is not a reflection of the quality or performance of the work done by you and your colleagues, but rather an unfortunate byproduct of the difficult budgetary situation we find ourselves in, Werfel wrote. The IRS is currently under fire after revelations that it improperly targeted the tax-exempt nonprofit status of conservative groups.
But due to a union contract Werfel will not be able to successfully halt all bonuses this year. The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents IRS employees, said that bonuses already promised to unionized IRS workers must be paid, because the bonuses represent work done in 2012, before Werfel canceled bonuses.
The IRS was prepared to pay $70 million in employee bonuses, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley announced in June. As The Daily Caller reported, the IRS employs 201 full-time union representatives, which prompted outrage from lawmakers.
Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina grilled Werfel in a June 6 hearing on the more than $100,000 in bonuses paid to Sarah Hall Ingram, the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division who was later promoted to head the agencys implementation of Obamacare.
As TheDC has reported, Hall received $103,390 in bonuses between 2009 and 2012.
Werfel said he did not have the information about Werfels bonuses at his fingertips, and claimed he did not have the right staff to figure out how much money Ingram received in bonuses.
This is BS!
They just keep pushing don’t they.
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No one expected this! . . .
“Ahhh! The rules just won’t let Werfel do what he so badly wants to do. “
The question of the day is: Is Werfel a party to the crime or just another putz sent to the IRS to continue in the long line of failed “leaders.” When I see this a$$hole on TV, I say to myself, he’s just stupid enough to do Obama’s bidding. and not know he’s doing it. Face it, you would never appoint anyone named “Danny” to anything but manage some farm club.
Didn’t he win a Heisman with Florda State?
Sorry . . . my fault.
Let us keep piling on!
Perhaps we’ll be able to rid the USA of this evil tax and even more evil tax collection agency!
One hundred years of abuse by our own government ought to be enough!
Different guy — Danny Wuerffel was a Gator.
Never fear the Repubs will fund this monster anyway. There is no way out. You put your enemies in charge of the IRS and play like it is business as usual.
“Sorry . . . my fault.”
No fault at all!
Pull a Progressive on them .... don’t pay them and let them sue and drag it out for years and years and when you finally are close to losing offer to settle at 1/3 rd the amount.
If management is covered by Union contracts at the IRS, it is even worse than we thought!
PS HST, you are probably right — the Stupid Party is also the Balless Party!
Because WE refuse to push back. We should be surrounding every IRS building with pitchforks, tar, feathers and rope.
They won't come out? Burn it down!
If there were not already cause to decertify the NTEU this is it.