IRS Wastes Piles of Taxpayer Money on "Star Trek" Parody Video

Posted: Mar 23, 2013 1:15 PM
The Internal Revenue Service spent $60,000 on two parody videos meant for "training and leadership," parodying both Star Trek and Gilligan's Island. CBS News uncovered the video (seen below) with a FOIA request after the IRS refused to provide it to the House Ways and Means Committee.

This comes on the heels of the IRS complaining about the horrific consequences of sequestration. Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller sounded the scare alarm about budget cuts to the IRS in February, claiming that employees would be furloughed and it would be more difficult to pursue tax cheats.

The "parody" is truly cringe-inducing. The acting is awful, the costumes are lousy, and the fake prostethics are acknowledged as embarrassing. As USA Today reports, the IRS has regretted making the video:

The IRS said Friday it was a mistake for employees to make the six-minute video. It was shown at the opening of a 2010 training and leadership conference but does not appear to have any training value.

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."

Light-hearted, well-intentioned, and a big fat waste of money. Sounds like a pretty typical government program!

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