IRS Employees Held 4 Conferences at Vegas Casinos; Cost: $671,990
(CNSNews.com) – A new Inspector General report on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) conferences and costs shows that among 225 conferences held around the country between 2010 and 2012, at least 4 events took place at luxury hotel-casinos in Las Vegas at a cost to taxpayers of $671,990.
Two of the IRS events took place at the luxurious Caesar’s Palace Hotel & Casino, one at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, and one at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.
The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, released on May 31, focuses on an August 2010 IRS conference that occurred in Anaheim, Calif., at a cost of $4,133,183.00. The report’s Appendix IV, however, lists all 225 IRS conferences that took place in fiscal years 2010-2012. The four Las Vegas events are listed there, with costs and related information.
In 2010, the Communication & Liaison division of the IRS held a “Nationwide Tax Forums” conference at the luxurious Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. The event was attended by 259 people at a cost to taxpayers of $242,331.00.
The Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is a 44-storey hotel-casino with 3,309 rooms. Its casino is 135,00 square feet and it has three heated pools, including a wave pool and a lazy river with waterfall. It also has a shark reef aquarium.
In 2011, the IRS held another “Nationwide Tax Forums” conference, this time at Caesar’s Palace. Two-hundred-eighteen people attended this event at a cost to taxpayers of $205,975, according to the Inspector General report.
Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is on the Vegas Strip and has 3,960 rooms. It also has 14 restaurants, 6 swimming pools – including the Venus Pool for topless women bathers -- and 6 towers: Augustus, Centurion, Roman, Palace, Octavius and the Forum.
The Fortuna Pool has swim-up blackjack, and at the Neptune Pool guests can “splash among the beautiful people,” complete with 8 cabanas and 24 day beds (available in three different varieties),” reads the descriptions at Caesars website.
A third “National Tax Forums” conference was held at Caesar’s Palace in 2012. There were 89 attendees at that event and it cost taxpayers $133,648, said the Inspector General report.
The fourth Las Vegas IRS event was held in 2011. It was a “Leadership Conference” held at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino on the Vegas Strip. Sixty-three people attended the conference at a cost to taxpayers of $90,036.00.
The New York-New York Hotel & Casino is another luxury facility built to look like the New York City skyline, complete with its own Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. There are 12 restaurants, 2,034 rooms, a roller coaster, and a casino that is 84,000 square feet.