The Internal Revenue Service’s Small Business and Self-Employed division spent $4.1 million on a conference in Anaheim, Calif., in 2010 that included questionable expenses for planning trips, outside speakers, video productions, and promotional items and gifts for IRS employees, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
TIGTA conducted its audit to identify the IRS’s spending on conferences during fiscal years 2010 through 2012. The audit’s primary focus was on the IRS SB/SE Division’s All Managers Conference in August 2010 in Anaheim, Calif., which was selected because it was the most expensive conference during the three-year period and because TIGTA received an allegation of excessive spending at that event. The conference was attended by over 2,600 IRS employees and held at the Marriott, Hilton and Sheraton hotels in Anaheim.
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