Your tax dollars at work. The IRS now admits that a 2010 training video that parodied the TV show Star Trek was a mistake. It and a second video that parodied TV’s Gilligan’s Island are estimated to have cost about $60,000. The agency came under fire after CBS News obtained the Star Trek video under a Freedom of Information request and it went viral on the Internet. The video, shown at the opening of a 2010 training and leadership conference, features IRS workers portraying the characters, including Mr. Spock with fake hair and big ears, along with an elaborate set depicting the control room of the spaceship. The characters (who look and sound like a bunch of tax collectors) are en route to the planet Notax to combat identity theft. “The IRS recognizes and takes seriously our obligation to be good stewards of government resources and taxpayer dollars,” the agency said in a statement to the AP. “There is no mistaking that this video did not reflect the best stewardship of resources.” The agency also said, “A video of this type would not be made today”. Check it out below:
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