QuickClick: Check Out the Star Trek Parody Video Created by the IRS
03.26.13 by Ryan
It's tax time again, and while pouring over receipts and figuring out complicated tax forms isn't always fun, it's good to know that not even the IRS is free from auditing. In particular, the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee is interested in a Star Trek parody video the IRS created in 2010 in its own TV studio. (Yes, the IRS apparently has its own TV studio). That video, along with a Gilligan's Island parody, apparently cost $60,000 to make, with the Star Trek video taking up most of that budget. If that seems like a lot of publicly-funded money for a video made with employees playing roles for a video that was only shown internally, the IRS concurs.
"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 Fox News. "There is no mistaking that this video did not reflect the best stewardship of resources."
A quick search of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo revealed a few non-federally-funded projects that never reached their funding goals, such as an improvised Star Trek show or a webseries called Red Shirts. Sorry, guys, you should have worked for the IRS!