IRS Apologizes for Tax-Funded 'Star Trek' Parody

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The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for wasting taxpayer dollars to make a video parody of the sci-fi show "Star Trek."

The six-minute video, made by agency employees at its in-house studio in Maryland, cost about $60,000, but all it's earned is a rebuke from Congress.

"There is nothing more infuriating to a taxpayer than to find out the government is using their hard-earned dollars in a way that is frivolous," said Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee's subcommittee on Oversight.

The House panel is responsible for looking into how the IRS operates and if they're wasting taxpayer dollars.

"The IRS admitted as much when it disclosed that it no longer produces such videos," Boustany charged.

Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller said the 3-year-old video was made for training purposes.

"I think it is important to put the video in context and outline what has transpired with respect to training and videos since 2010," Miller responded in a letter to Boustany, ABC News reported. "Since the video's production three years ago, the IRS has made numerous changes in this area. A video of this type would not be made today."

Critics say it doesn't have any training value at all.

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