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IRS audit includes 13 conferences held in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A scathing audit of the Internal Revenue Service released Tuesday details nearly $50 million in tax dollars spent to send IRS employees to conferences across the country.

The report focused on the most expensive and controversial conference - a trip to Anaheim, CA, that cost taxpayers more than $4 million - but the Channel 4 I-Team has also found more than a dozen IRS conferences held in Tennessee on your dime from 2010 to 2012.

Taxpayers paid more than $1.2 million to send IRS employees to 13 conferences in Tennessee, including in Nashville, Brentwood and Memphis.

The most expensive of the Middle Tennessee conferences took place at the Brentwood Training Center in 2010. That conference cost more than $134,000, and 59 employees attended.

Those employees worked for the same division of the IRS that attended the Anaheim conference, where members of the Small Business/Self-Employed Division danced to the 'Cupid Shuffle' in a video that cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars to produce.

It's important to note that audit did not give any details about how that money was spent on the Tennessee IRS conferences. The audit only detailed the costs of the Anaheim conference, because it was the most expensive.

More than 2,600 employees attended the Anaheim conference, and 132 of them upgraded their hotel rooms. One IRS commissioner even upgraded to a presidential suite for five nights at the Marriott. It's a suite that goes for $3,500 a night.

The Channel 4 I-Team asked the IRS how tax dollars were spent at each of the local conferences, but so far a local IRS spokesman has said the agency will not provide information about local conferences at this time.

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