The Internal Revenue Service has come under fire in the past couple of weeks — and it’s not just for changes to this year’s tax code. Using the Freedom of Information Act, CBS News obtained copies of two videos produced to open a 2010 training and leadership conference for the government agency.
One video was based around Star Trek, with IRS workers donning the familiar uniforms on an elaborate set recreation and the other was based around Gilligan’s Island. And the cost to the tax-payer… $60,000!
The videos quickly went viral and raised eyebrows all across the Internet.
Among those who were not fans was actor William Shatner (who celebrated his birthday last week), and he let his more than 1 million Twitter followers know about it:
So I watched that IRS video. I am appalled at the utter waste of US tax dollars.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 26, 2013
The IRS has since admitted the two videos were a mistake and offered an apology.
You can watch both videos at cbsnews.com