IRS Regrets Lavish Conference Spending

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Faris Fink, Commissioner, Small Business and Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing regarding IRS conference spending.

A few years after spending $50 million on a series of training conferences, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted that the expenditures were probably "not the best use of taxpayer dollars." IRS official Faris Fink told the House Oversight Committee on Thursday that "in hindsight, many of the expenses that were incurred ... should have been more closely scrutinized or not incurred at all." The Treasury inspector general report, released earlier this week, found that the IRS spent $4.1 million on a single conference in 2010. Private event planners were used, and thousands were spent to create two videos.