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IRS called on the carpet over conference spending

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Other troubles are mounting at the IRS while the “Tea Party” scandal continues to brew. In a new report released by the Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration (TIGTA), it was revealed that the IRS spent about $50 million at more than 200 training conferences held between 2010 and 2012. In particular, the TIGTA report highlighted a 2010 conference in Anaheim, Calif., where some staffers stayed in lavish hotel suites and received free food and perks. During the conference, the IRS paid $135,000 to 15 outside speakers, including a $17,000 fee for one speech on “leadership through art.”

Daniel Werfel, the recently appointed Acting IRS Commissioner, has vowed to straighten out the mess and restore public confidence in the IRS.

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