I believe Mr. Chapman also had a song about taxes. “Free Christians don’t pay taxes on their labor, free Christians don’t pay taxes on their land,…………..” Or something similar. Now, Tennessee state employees are being paid to sing classic hits such as “Like an auditor, assessing for the very first time.” Neither Merle Hagard or Madonna probably intended for their songs to be changed to be about taxes.
They’re tunes about taxes — written and performed at the expense of taxpayers.
State officials call them “training,” but training for what?
Our chief investigative reporter Phil Williams has the videos that may have taxpayers singing the blues.
To the tune of “Hey Jude,” one group sings, “Hey, dude, the check is in the mail.”
The video shows state employees at work.
Another group dances to the music of “Eye of the Tiger,” instead celebrating the “eye of the auditor.”
But these state workers aren’t just spending your tax dollars.
To the tune of “Redneck Woman,” yet another group declares, “I’m a sales tax auditor.”
They’re also the folks in charge of collecting your taxes.
How much did this singing cost taxpayers?
“You know, there’s all types of team building that our training office does.”
It’s all part of what the revenue department calls Team Week — five days of training at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel. Last year, the total cost to taxpayers: almost $150,000.
When reading about taxes, I always think of Former Ohio Congressman Jim Traficant’s quotes about the IRS.
Jim Traficant: “Madam Speaker, an investigation revealed that 16,000 IRS employees illegally used their computers. The report states IRS agents spent 50 percent of their time at work on personal business. If that is not enough to service your revenue, IRS agents illegally used their computers for shopping, stock trading, gambling and pornography. Unbelievable. Think about it. While 60 percent of taxpayer calls to the IRS go unanswered, the IRS agents were watching Marilyn Chambers do the Rotary International. Beam me up here. It is time to pass a flat 15 percent sales tax and abolish this gambling, porno-watching IRS completely. I yield back the internal rectal service of the United States of America.”