IRS apologizes for wasting taxpayer cash on $60,000 ‘Star Trek’ parody video

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Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller has told employees they could be furloughed five to seven days this summer. The furloughs, however, will be delayed until after tax filing season so refunds should not be affected.

The agency said the “Star Trek” video “was a well-intentioned, light-hearted introduction to an important conference during a difficult period for the IRS.”

Congressional investigators initially sought both the “Star Trek” video and the “Gilligan's Island” video but after viewing them determined that the “Gilligan's Island” video was a legitimate training video. The IRS did not release the “Gilligan's Island” video.

“The video series with an island theme provided filing season training for 1,900 employees in our Taxpayer Assistance Centers in 400 locations,” the IRS said. “This example of video training alone saved the IRS about $1.5 million each year compared to the costs of training the employees in person.”

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