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The Internal Revenue Service is Considering Changes When It Comes To Giving Out Bonuses

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NBC RIGHT NOW-- The Internal Revenue Service is getting some backlash after giving away millions of dollars in bonuses to employees.

According to a government investigator, the IRS gave out more than $2.8 million to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes.

More than 2,800 workers with complaints against them got the bonuses between October 2010 and December 2012.

Investigators said the bonus program does not violate federal regulations, but it is inconsistent with the IRS mission to enforce tax laws.

Other examples of misconduct by workers getting bonuses included misusing government credit cards for travel, drug use, violent threats and fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits, yet they still got bonuses from the IRS

Staff said they have developed a new policy linking conduct and performance bonuses for executives and senior level employees.

A new report from the IRS states they will consider prior conduct before awarding permanent pay increases and future bonuses to all employees.