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This article was published on March 23, 2013

    Here’s the Star Trek parody clip that the IRS spent $60,000 of US taxpayer money to shoot

    Here’s the Star Trek parody clip that the IRS spent $60,000 of US taxpayer money to shoot
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    According to the Associated Press, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been wrist-slapped by Congress for spending $60,000 on two short films, the lion’s share of which went to shoot a Star Trek parody. Featuring IRS employees. About taxes.

    It is precisely and exactly as terrible as you would expect. I made it to the 41 second mark. See what sort of damage you can do:

    Bad, right? Kicker: It was filmed in 2010. Ouch.

    The IRS has stated that “[a] video of this type would not be made today.” I hope that makes you feel better. The agency also said that the “video did not reflect the best stewardship of resources.” You can translate that as ‘yeah, we spent your money, sorry bro.’

    2010 IRS was crazy compared to 2013 IRS, or at least they want you to believe. Assuming a US population of roughly 310 million, we all kicked in about $0.0002. I want my money back.

    Top Image Credit: Bradley Gordon Via Slashdot