IRS awards $2.8m bonuses to 2,800 employees who’ve been disciplined for workplace misconduct including those who owed back taxes

Average Americans who don’t follow the rules at work are liable to get fired. Internal Revenue Service employees who engage in workplace misconduct get rewarded with bonuses.

The IRS has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said on Tuesday.

More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, says a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012…