IRS Spends $10K To Produce 'The Apprentice' Parody (Video)

| by Sylvan Lane

The Internal Revenue Service spent approximately $10,000 to create a video parody of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” to show at a 2011 conference held by the Service’s Small Business/Self-Employed Division (SB/SE), according to a report from the House Means and Ways Committee.

The video features a group of IRS employees, whose names were redacted, impersonating contestants on the program and one impersonating its host, Trump.

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The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released an audit report in June that focused on a conference that the SB/SE Division had held in August 2010. The conference, held in Anaheim, cost the taxpayers $4,133,183 and was attended by around 2600 employees.

The report said the IRS spent $50,187 for videos, which included a Star Trek parody featuring and a parody of the song “Cupid Shuffle,” both of which featured IRS employees.

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“The Star Trek video was approximately 5 minutes and 40 seconds long and featured SB/SE Division executives in Star Trek costumes on a mock set of the Starship Enterprise,” said the IG.

“In addition, a video entitled ‘SB/SE Shuffle’ was produced featuring 15 SB/SE Division executives and managers dancing on a stage,” said the IG report. “This video was 2 minutes and 52 seconds long. This video was shown during the conference and ‘was designed to engage managers and help facilitate a connection between executives and managers.’”

The Apprentice spoof was created for an SB/SE conference held in 2011, according to the Ways and Means Committee. The video shows a group of IRS employees sitting around a boardroom table being questioned by another IRS employee impersonating  Donald Trump.

The Trump in the video questions a female contestant who interrupts him after two other IRS employees are unable explain this episode’s “assignment.” She then explains: “Our project was how to have an effective CPE [Continuing Professional Education session] for SB/SE leaders without spending a lot of travel money.”

Sources: CNS News, The National Review