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IRS Takes Heat for Making ‘Star Trek’ Video

Agency spent $60,000 on production


The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing today about the production of a Star Trek-themed video.

The video — which features a mixture of old and new Star Trek uniforms and props — cost more than $60,000 to produce in 2010, reports Reuters.

While the intent of the video was to provide training about the analysis of tax evasion and other regulations in a lighthearted manner, not everyone is amused. Recently, the IRS apologized for using the taxpayers money in such a way after congressman Charles Boustany Jr., R-La., questioned managers about it. Boustany has required the agency make the video available to the general public so that U.S. citizens can see how the IRS spends taxpayer dollars.

The IRS says that such a video would not be produced today. In a statement, the agency said, “The IRS recognizes and takes seriously our obligation to be good stewards of government resources and taxpayer dollars. There is no mistaking that this video did not reflect the best stewardship of resources.”

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