Report Out On IRS Spending As Hearings Into Scandal Begin

5:43 AM, Jun 4, 2013   |    comments
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The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP)

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A report released Tuesday will detail how the Internal Revenue Service spent tens of millions of dollars to host 220 conferences for employees the past three years.

Also Tuesday, some members of conservative groups allegedly targeted by the IRS will testify before a Congressional committee about what they experienced. You can expect some groups to say that they have been waiting up to four years for their tax exempt status. Some analysts believe these groups can now be fighting back against the IRS with lawsuits.

The scandal is made worse now only because of this report by a watchdog which reveals excessive spending on entertainment videos like a dancing demo and a "Star Trek" parody. These videos were played at the agency's high priced conferences that total about $50 million in the past few years. That includes a 2010 conference in California that cost taxpayers $4 million.

The new acting chief is in the midst of a top-to-bottom review of the IRS. He says regaining public trust will be his first priority.

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