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IRS Spent $60,000 Producing Star Trek Parody

timothy posted about a year ago | from the but-they're-stimulating-the-economy dept.

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An anonymous reader writes According to the AP, the IRS is being "scolded for spending $60,000 dollars on an elaborate parody video that played at a 2010 conference. 'The video features an elaborate set depicting the control room, or bridge, of the spaceship featured in the hit TV show. IRS workers portray the characters, including one who plays Mr. Spock, complete with fake hair and pointed ears. The production value is high even though the acting is what one might expect from a bunch of tax collectors. In the video, the spaceship is approaching the planet 'Notax,' where alien identity theft appears to be a problem.' You can find the hilarious and/or nausea-inducing video on YouTube."

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Our Tax Dollars (5, Insightful)

pubwvj (1045960) | about a year ago | (#43258681)

Well, this is better than some of the things our government spends our tax dollars on...

Re:Our Tax Dollars (5, Funny)

TemperedAlchemist (2045966) | about a year ago | (#43258707)

Like the F-35?

It can't even go to warp.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (1)

pubwvj (1045960) | about a year ago | (#43258743)

True, still, I would love to have an F-35. I promise to not use it for evil. :-}

Re:Our Tax Dollars (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258825)

Which F-35? The imaginary Navy one, or the imaginary Army one, or the imaginary Air Force one, or the imaginary combined version, or the imaginary one that won't kill the pilot due to mechanical and electrical failures?

Re:Our Tax Dollars (1)

pubwvj (1045960) | about a year ago | (#43259055)

Apparently some people don't get parody of parody. Humor isn't universal. *shrug*

Re:Our Tax Dollars (2)

SylvesterTheCat (321686) | about a year ago | (#43259137)

Since the Army does not own or operated fixed wing combat aircraft, that is the only portion which is based on fact.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258857)

Like the F-35?

It can't even go to warp.

Sure it can. It just can't do it while it is in the Earth's atmosphere.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (1)

leromarinvit (1462031) | about a year ago | (#43258995)

Like the F-35?

It can't even go to warp.

Sure it can. It just can't do it while it is in the Earth's atmosphere.

Only if you put it in the storage/shuttle bay of a warp-capable vessel, though.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258903)

Like the F-35?

It can't even go to warp.

Would you really want to go to warp in a *Ford*? Christ.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259001)

I'm sure it warps when it smashes into the ground.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#43259275)

F-15 warps when it smashes into the ground, F-35 cracks - it's made of plastic!

It's not the money (2)

AmazingRuss (555076) | about a year ago | (#43258733)

It's that they created something so horrific, and unleashed it on the internet.

Re:It's not the money (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#43258797)

No, no, that is brilliant. They had me at the Vulcan's bin bag hair.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (0)

sanman2 (928866) | about a year ago | (#43258811)

And yet somebody's farm was foreclosed on to pay for this crappy video

Re:Our Tax Dollars (1)

chill (34294) | about a year ago | (#43258953)

Not by the IRS, it wasn't.

Foreclosure happens when you can't pay the mortgage holder. The IRS has nothing to do with it.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (1)

Leofcwen (1371173) | about a year ago | (#43259035)

What about someone who couldn't afford their mortgage repayment because of the bill from the IRS?

Re:Our Tax Dollars (2, Insightful)

TemperedAlchemist (2045966) | about a year ago | (#43259181)

The IRS doesn't levy taxes. Congress does.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (2)

chill (34294) | about a year ago | (#43259253)

The IRS will attach a tax lien on the priory. If/when the property is sold, the lien comes of the top. They no longer have the right to force a tax sale on your primary residence.

Second house, cars, boats, etc yes. Primary residence pretty much no, except in the case of tax fraud.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (1)

petsounds (593538) | about a year ago | (#43259179)

While the parent used the incorrect term, what the IRS is capable of is functionally equivalent. The IRS has the legal authority to make liens, garnish wages, and seize assets for failure to pay income tax. So they could certainly take that farm away.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (4, Informative)

chill (34294) | about a year ago | (#43259283)

Liens, yes. Seizing a primary residence is almost unheard of now, except in the case of tax fraud. Back in the day this was common, but reform in the 80s changed the rules.

"I can't afford it" will get you liens, garnishment and a payment plan but not your primary residence taken.

"Income tax is Unconstitutional, I refuse to pay" is a whole 'nother story. Better supply your own lube."

Re:Our Tax Dollars (1)

shentino (1139071) | about a year ago | (#43259495)

Actually in most cases delinquent taxes can attach to your property in the form of a tax lien.

Once attached it becomes just as much a liability secured by your home as a regular mortgage.

After that

Re:Our Tax Dollars (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year ago | (#43259297)

How many taxpayers are there in America?
How much has, therefore, each one spent for this parody?
I doubt that a fraction of a cent will get anyone in serious trouble.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (4, Funny)

leromarinvit (1462031) | about a year ago | (#43258915)

Well, this is better than some of the things our government spends our tax dollars on...

I agree. Make Star Trek parodies, not war!

Re:Our Tax Dollars (0)

slas6654 (996022) | about a year ago | (#43259121)

Like spending $1,000,000 for Biden to party in Europe for 2 nights?

Re:Our Tax Dollars (0)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year ago | (#43259215)

Did you forget the $8,000,000,000.00 in $100 bills that "fell of a truck" in Iraq during the Bush administration? Just that one little event could have paid for Biden partying in London for almost 43 years.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259369)

Ah, of course, a Republican did something bad so that justifies every bad thing that any Democrat ever does from now until eternity.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259431)

Actually, it's a question of why you're ignoring felonies to chase after petty misdemeanors.

Your judo-moves fail. As usual.

Re:Our Tax Dollars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259381)

See you are marked as insightful. Because when it could be worse... it usually gets worse.
The good thing about exponential curves is that soon it will be mathematically impossible to print money fast enough.
The bad thing about exponential curves is that it never looks like an exponential curve if your standing on it looking ahead.
This fact in particular is why the "can't we forget about the blame game and move forward" exists. It is by design.
Trillions in debt because NOBODY understands the solution to fraud and abuse is not having government in enough quantity to be able to do this.
Start firing people till we get a surplus. Then fire 20% more.
The criminals that are left, we'll just have to hang.

I am predicting for all you economic socialists in America: You are going to have economic equality with the rest of the world soon.
You are not going to like it.

Not even a drop in the bucket (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258715)

Can we talk about the billions we're wasting on the F-35 instead?

Re:Not even a drop in the bucket (3, Informative)

game kid (805301) | about a year ago | (#43258749)

Yeah, have we seen the US's military contracts and cost overruns [motherjones.com] ? Shit, I'm glad they only spent $60k on this!

Re:Not even a drop in the bucket (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258779)

Heck, we don't even do checks on expenditures of under $200,000 in Iraq, so $60,000 for something that was at least of entertainment value is good by comparison.

Re:Not even a drop in the bucket (2)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year ago | (#43258875)

A full bucket is full of drops.

Re:Not even a drop in the bucket (2)

ThisIsSaei (2397758) | about a year ago | (#43258993)

True. But when you have a pinhole leak and a gaping hole in the hull they're not equatable.

Wrong... (4, Insightful)

nine-times (778537) | about a year ago | (#43258725)

They spent all that money, and they still couldn't get the right uniforms.

Re:Wrong... (1)

firex726 (1188453) | about a year ago | (#43258821)

And no skirts on Uhura and Yeoman!

Re:Wrong... (4, Interesting)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about a year ago | (#43259125)

The porno version had that problem as well.

Re:Wrong... (3, Funny)

Deep Esophagus (686515) | about a year ago | (#43259065)

I lost it at "I've already spent my per diem for the day". An accounting wonk who doesn't know what "per diem" means? Guy needs a new job.

Wow (1)

zigfreed (1441541) | about a year ago | (#43258729)

Unlike the AP, the IRS has a sense of humor!

Who gives a shit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258757)

Anybody who thinks those stupid little wastes of money amount to anything in the deficit is a moron.

Re:Who gives a shit? (2)

Xenx (2211586) | about a year ago | (#43258819)

Just because there are bigger problems, doesn't mean you have to ignore the smaller problems.

Re:Who gives a shit? (1)

ThisIsSaei (2397758) | about a year ago | (#43259011)

Actually, yes it does. We have limited resources to go after and fix problems, and sometimes the cost of oversight is higher than the amount recouped.

Re:Who gives a shit? (4, Insightful)

Richy_T (111409) | about a year ago | (#43259289)

It's all about the mindset. When you think of it as play money instead of money that people have sweated to earn and might otherwise be used for medical procedures, safer environments for children or otherwise improving quality of life, you get this kind of thing happening and it's symptomatic of a much bigger problem.

Re:Who gives a shit? (4, Insightful)

pushing-robot (1037830) | about a year ago | (#43259031)

Assuming you have an unlimited amount of time, yes.

But in reality, making mountains out of molehills is a clever form of filibuster. It gives you a "tough" image even while you distract debate from the real mountains.

Re:Who gives a shit? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258877)

My girlfriend works at a library. A patron throw a hissy fit the other day because she thought they had used way to much salt on the sidewalk (this is snow country) and threatened to call the Mayor.

It costs about $1500 per day to run that library branch. Yet people freak out because they might use $1 more salt than necessary once a month to keep the City from being sued by somebody slipping and falling. This is how people think.

Re:Who gives a shit? (0)

pubwvj (1045960) | about a year ago | (#43258885)

Nickel and diming adds up when you multiply it out over all the departments and offices. $60K here, a million there, pretty soon you're talking real money. Only a moron misses that point.

Re:Who gives a shit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259227)

Nickel and diming adds up when you multiply it out over all the departments and offices. $60K here, a million there, pretty soon you're talking real money. Only a moron misses that point.

Sure. But take this to an extreme and you reach the point where it's a nightmare getting anything done in government. You end up with entire departments spending most of their time filling out paperwork to convince another department that the first department is not wasting money and has gone through a lengthy value-for-money tendering process for its morning coffee round. And then people complain that government is bureaucratic and never gets anything useful done.

Re:Who gives a shit? (1)

Richy_T (111409) | about a year ago | (#43259295)

Do less.

Re:Who gives a shit? (1)

Xeno man (1614779) | about a year ago | (#43259143)

First, if you think $60,000. is just a little bit of money, you have been out of the real world for too long where ever you are.

Second, it's your attitude is part of the problem of why the deficit is so large and why so many people are in debt up to their eyes.
Oh, it's just 60k here, 80k there, 20k for this and that. Every department takes the same attitude in every office and when you add them all up you get millions and hundreds of millions wasted over the months and millions add up to billions over the years. Hows that for affecting the deficit?

Individuals have the same problems, it's only $2 for a coffee. It's only $15 to eat out. It's when you realize that your doing it several times a day, every day, those numbers add up and actually make a difference between paying rent or falling just a little further behind.

Re:Who gives a shit? (4, Insightful)

joe_frisch (1366229) | about a year ago | (#43259251)

Sorry, 60K really is a tiny amount of money for a government agency. Maybe the video was a bad idea. Maybe it was a morale booster. Maybe it distracted thousands of employees from their miserable pay checks. I don't care. The money wastage in the government is the multi-billion dollar unnecessary, or overdone projects (TSA, F35, etc), not a few tens of K spent here and there on entertainment for thousands of people.

  If your income is low, then you are right, the $2 coffees add up. If you are making payments on a $20M house, and traveling by biz-jet, then coffee is not the place to try to save money.

Companies often spend money to entertain or motivate their employees. They do this because sometimes the morale boost is worth far more than what it costs.

Re:Who gives a shit? (-1, Troll)

Richy_T (111409) | about a year ago | (#43259313)

Companies make money buy producing goods and services that people choose to purchase over other things they might want or need. Government just takes it, whatever.

Re:Who gives a shit? (4, Interesting)

joe_frisch (1366229) | about a year ago | (#43259377)

Right - what has the government done for us.... (insert monty python quote here)
education , sanitation, roads, police,

Seriously, try to imagine what the US would be like without a government, or if people had to pay specifically for the services they wanted. You may not like the police but would you prefer Blackwater hiring out as private security? No public education for the poor? Private roads closed to non-members? No water systems? It would be a hell on earth - a scaled up Somalia.

Sure, there is out of control government spending but its a lot better than no government at all.

Re:Who gives a shit? (1)

Fallingcow (213461) | about a year ago | (#43259325)

Besides, people who are greatly outraged by this are probably the same sorts who think the government should be run like a business.

Since large (and even mid-sized) corporations drop $60,000+ on videos like this all the time (that's really not excessively expensive for this sort of thing) you'd think they'd be OK with this.

VALUE! (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#43258765)

IRS Spent $60,000 Producing Star Trek Parody

Analysis shows it's best value for their (our) money they've gotten in years.

A manufactured controversy (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258781)

The IRS decided to produce videos in house instead of spending more money to hire outside contractors. Before they could start producing actual videos for use in training, public information, etc., they had to get up to speed with using their new video production facility. They had to make some dummy video during that checkout/internal training phase, so they chose to make parodies of Star Trek and Gilligan's Island. Big deal.

Re:A manufactured controversy (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258957)

It is a big deal. If you're trying to learn how to use equipment and you work for the government, you have to make mind-numbingly dull videos or else it's a complete waste of taxpayer money. Basically, working for the government should be like Joe's office job at the beginning of Joe Versus The Volcano. Even then, you should be fired repeatedly because government is bad.

Re:A manufactured controversy (4, Insightful)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#43259025)

Additionally as regards this: "The video features an elaborate set depicting the control room, or bridge, of the spaceship featured in the hit TV show."

Except it's pretty obviously green screen.

Re:A manufactured controversy (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year ago | (#43259329)

Implying there are "natural" controversies in politics these days?

Responsibility and Punishment (-1, Troll)

kurthr (30155) | about a year ago | (#43258787)

This was pretty obviously a waste of money and unjustifiable...
Probably someone (junior) will be fired, hopefully someone senior will be prosecuted...
None of them have the political backing to really be protected.

Our banking overlords OTOH are only raping us for 10,000x more than this so it's hard to be too upset.

Re:Responsibility and Punishment (0)

kurthr (30155) | about a year ago | (#43258809)

Oops I left off the other 000.
They are raping us for 10,000,000x more than this. So just forget about it.
Every single federal employee could throw a party like this and it would still be much cheaper than the bailouts.

Approval? (1)

mlookaba (2802163) | about a year ago | (#43258815)

I'd love to know the name of the IRS manager that approved production of this.

Anyone who is willing to drop 60k on fluff like this should have the opportunity to address the fans of their work.

Re:Approval? (1)

Richy_T (111409) | about a year ago | (#43259327)

s/fans/funders/

720p : I love how they include the HD Option (2)

ZeroNullVoid (886675) | about a year ago | (#43258847)

First, like many have stated, this video could be done for ~ around $1,000 USD for the same production quality and add an additional $200 USD could have been better.... but what caught my mind is how they uploaded it upscaled at quality that would look crappy even on a 2" screen.

Re:720p : I love how they include the HD Option (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259155)

I also bet the maority of the money they spent on HD camera, then after looking at the size of the file they convert it to 320x120 hten they upscale it for upload again to 120.
Anyway makes more sense than othe goverment non artistic flops.

A bridge full of IRS Officers? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258865)

So basically a bridge full of vampires from Vulcan? Humorless, emotionless, greenblooded inhuman bloodsuckers?

Well, (2)

houbou (1097327) | about a year ago | (#43258893)

it's for training.. and training is big bucks. bottom line, does it teach anything? and would an effective alternative have been cheaper?

Re:Well, (1)

anagama (611277) | about a year ago | (#43259335)

I watched it. All I learned is that there would anarchy without the IRS. They of course failed to mention that for every dollar spent on doing something useful for the country, three or four get spent on cronies or war.

The guy playing the captain... (4, Funny)

macbeth66 (204889) | about a year ago | (#43258925)

had a good screen presence. With a little training, he might be as good as William Shatner.

Re:The guy playing the captain... (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#43259411)

"With a little training, he might be as bad as William Shatner.|

There, fixed that for ya!

WOW! AMAZING!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258931)

Best 12 hoour sleep i had on my chair!!!
I'll bookmakr it for the next insomnia.
thanks

Good PR (5, Interesting)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year ago | (#43258937)

Look at the Star Trek cosplay, not the firearms we're stocking up [fbo.gov] on!

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to purchase sixty Remington Model 870 Police RAMAC #24587 12 gauge pump-action shotguns for the Criminal Investigation Division. The Remington parkerized shotguns, with fourteen inch barrel, modified choke, Wilson Combat Ghost Ring rear sight and XS4 Contour Bead front sight, Knoxx Reduced Recoil Adjustable Stock, and Speedfeed ribbed black forend, are designated as the only shotguns authorized for IRS duty based on compatibility with IRS existing shotgun inventory, certified armorer and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts.

(not that it's much compared to the DHS)

Re:Good PR (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#43259413)

Nice choice. Those should make quite an impression.

Re:Good PR (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259419)

Wow, 60 shotguns for its criminal investigators in a country with 313 million people ... that's really stocking up.

It's the anti-Star Trek (1)

istartedi (132515) | about a year ago | (#43258955)

The captain is Black, the comm officer is Caucasian... but she's... still... Uhura??? I'm mostly finding this funny. Like WTF is the Enterprise? Is that some kind of book that IRS people would recognize?

There is a chance, however remote, that if we tweet this link enough the IRS will get enough views on YouTube the recoup costs and make a profit to help pay on the order 1*10e-10 percent of the debt. I'll get on it right away captain...

Re:It's the anti-Star Trek (2)

Stormwatch (703920) | about a year ago | (#43259081)

And it's still more faithful to Star Trek than that J.J. Abrams abomination.

Re:It's the anti-Star Trek (1)

David_Hart (1184661) | about a year ago | (#43259211)

And it's still more faithful to Star Trek than that J.J. Abrams abomination.

You're entitled to your opinion. Personally I preferred the J.J. Abrams version over all of the STTNG movies and series. In STTNG they adhered to the Prime Directive like it was a religion and relied on diplomacy and technology to solve all problems. At least with the J. J. Abrams version, we have a crew that knows that sometimes you need to break the rules, more like the original Star Trek series.

Other Uses for Your Tax Dollars (2, Informative)

Nova Express (100383) | about a year ago | (#43258965)

They FAA is shutting down 149 control towers [soopermexican.com] , supposedly as part of saving $637 million due to the sequester, at the same time Obama is asking for $500 million for the corrupt oligarchy running the Palestinian Authority.

But they still seem to be able to fund the TSA's security theater. But you know who won't have to go through the grope lines? People from Saudi Arabia. [judicialwatch.org] You know, the country that produced produced 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers.

And of course, there are the billions in green crony subsidies [cronychronicles.org] .

Your tax dollars at work...

Re:Other Uses for Your Tax Dollars (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259161)

They FAA is shutting down 149 control towers [soopermexican.com], supposedly as part of saving $637 million due to the sequester, at the same time Obama is asking for $500 million for the corrupt oligarchy running the Palestinian Authority.

As opposed to the international law defying Israelis who also receive support from the US? What a dumb choice for a first example if you don't want to alienate a ton of people. (For the record, I think the leadership on both sides of that problem are idiots doing much more harm than good and the U.S. would be better off staying away from either side.)

Re:Other Uses for Your Tax Dollars (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#43259423)

The funny thing is, if they wont miss those towers during the sequestration then why do they need them at all?

Best thing to come out of the US since.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43258975)

Looks good to me; not my tax dollars, am from UK, but if it were I'd be happy to see this come out of a gov dept; at least they're trying to think of new ways to ENGAGE (lol unintended ha ha) the public :-)

Same production values, waaaay less $$$ (1, Informative)

macraig (621737) | about a year ago | (#43258997)

If even one of the production crew had been a real Trekkie with half a clue, they could have contacted James Cawley and the Phase II/New Voyages crew and rented their elaborate sets and maybe even their assistance for a fraction of what it cost them... AND it would've had dramatically better production values.

IRS simply needs to increase the number of videos (3, Funny)

retroworks (652802) | about a year ago | (#43259013)

The cost of the video is so high because they haven't achieved a scale of production. We need them to produce entire series of Star Trek, then IRS Voyager, Next Generation Income Tax... then Star Wars, Mission Impossible, etc If enough auditors spend enough time producing enough of these videos, the cost per video will go down, which means the "rate of increase" of IRS spending on videos could go down.

At least until the auditing period for the 1040 I'm working on today is expired. Then pull the plug.

It was funny !!!! (1, Interesting)

dgharmon (2564621) | about a year ago | (#43259027)

It was funny !!!!

Re:It was funny !!!! (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#43259427)

I admit to grinning a couple of times. I'd rate it a 5 for youtube flicks.

copyright (1)

Stephenmg (265369) | about a year ago | (#43259041)

Wonder when they'll receive the DMCA take down notice? I know they called it "parody" but I don't think they where trying to be funny. Plus, I've seen better parody videos fall victim to dmca. Either way, I hate what this video implies, our tax code needs updated and the IRS needs to go away.

Fright-right! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259107)

This is the IRS we're talking about. I doubt Paramount is that brave to take on the IRS. There's decades of questionable accounting that suddenly could be scrutinized.

Re:copyright (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#43259439)

I doubt the MPAA's lawyers ever want to even let the IRS know they exist, much less bring that kind of notice on themselves. I can see a bunch of IRS agents going through their books with a fine tooth comb. Actually I'd love to see it.

$60K on Licensing (1)

layer3switch (783864) | about a year ago | (#43259051)

Since the production value of that parody equals that of a silly cat video, it would be more convincing if majority of that money was spent on Viacom copyright license. Instead of risking violation of copyright law by invoking "Fair Use", legal cost alone may have made it worth $60K.

60 K is so small it isn't even roundoff error (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259079)

The US govt budget in 2012 is, roughly, 3.5 trillion dollars
That is 3.5 e12
And congress upset about 6e4 ???

simple math: assume there are 200 working days per year.
IF congress investigated the ever popular waste fraud and abuse every single day, how much would they have to save each day, to equal 1% of the budget ?

well, the answer is
step one 3.5e12/100 = 3.5e10
step two 3.5e10/200 = 1.75e8

That is, if congress found *one hundred and seventy five million dollars of waste, EVRY SINGLE DAY, it would be 1% of the us budget.

tell me again why we are even thinking about 60K ???????

$350,000 for the Congressional Barbershop (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259091)

Don't pay attention to that. Pay attention to the practice productions of their new in house training video program that will hopefully end up saving money instead of contracting it out.

also a Gilligan's Island video (1)

arobatino (46791) | about a year ago | (#43259105)

There was also a Gilligan's Island video which so far the IRS has kept private. [thehill.com]

The IRS *has* a film studio? (1)

hermitdev (2792385) | about a year ago | (#43259193)

From TFA:

The film was made at an IRS studio in New Carrollton, Md., a suburb of Washington. The agency said it uses the studio to make training films and informational videos for taxpayers.

Why does the IRS even have a film studio?

From an agency that's not even culpable for the advise it gives to the taxpayers, why are they even producing videos for training that's not legally binding as far as the information it provides?

High time we abolish the current tax system and replace it with something like the Fair Tax that would allow us to destroy most, if not all, of the IRS.

Many corporations do. (4, Informative)

Overzeetop (214511) | about a year ago | (#43259371)

Somebody needs to work on their reading comprehension skills:

Q Why does the IRS even have a film studio?
A ...to make training films and informational videos for taxpayers.

If you'd even browsed you'd find out that they have one for training videos because they found out they could do them cheaper in house than farming them out. It's not too surprising if you have either (a) a large number of videos to produce or (b) in-house technical staff with surplus time. I suspect (a) is correct as the congress changes tax law - Every Fucking Year - and all of the agents need to be retrained. Sending in-person trainers is even more expensive.

You'd be surprised at how many large companies have their own film and sound studios for in-house work. It doesn't take too big an operation to justify having one over paying a contractor to do it every time you need something updated.

umm (2)

BStorm (107974) | about a year ago | (#43259217)

that was taxing to watch.\]

Re:umm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259359)

Where's my refund?

It's just a training video (2, Insightful)

rsilvergun (571051) | about a year ago | (#43259225)

The IRS employees almost 100,000 people. That works out to about .65 cents per employee. Not very much for a training budget. Nice troll from the subby though.

Re:It's just a training video (1)

mlookaba (2802163) | about a year ago | (#43259425)

That works out to about .65 cents per employee

For a video that had no training value at all. Zero. Pretty good use of cash then, right? If this had ANY productive use, people wouldn't be this upset about it.

$60,000 wasted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43259467)

Big fucking deal. Everyone who wants to jerk their knee, can jerk their knee.

Spock's Fault (2)

guttentag (313541) | about a year ago | (#43259479)

This $215 video production cost $60,000 because the guy playing Spock forgot to itemize his deductive reasoning.

The video is a public service reminder to itemize your deductions or get stuck paying the bill for stuff like this.
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