Monday, March 25, 2013
Following up on Saturday's post, IRS Admits Spending $60k on Star Trek Parody Training Video Was a Mistake: the IRS has now released its Gilligan's Island parody training video. From Accounting Today:
The Gilligan’s Island video provided filing season training for 1,900 employees in the IRS’s Taxpayer Assistance Centers in 400 locations.”This example of video training alone saved the IRS about $1.5 million each year compared to the costs of training the employees in person,” said the IRS.
“This approach reflects a newer IRS model of using video to dramatically save on training and travel costs,” the IRS explained. “Using video provides a more cost-efficient way of doing business than face-to-face meetings.”
The 2011 Gilligan’s Island segment is the introductory portion of a 12-hour video training series on a variety of tax law and filing season topics, including remittance procedures; physical and data security in the taxpayer assistance center; assisting taxpayers with federal tax deposits; ITIN/ATIN and PTIN Inquiries; interactive tax law assistant; quality defects; dependents; energy and education credits; installment agreements; identity theft; adjustments; examination issues; individual retirement accounts; conducting payment processing reviews; analyzing business objects reports; resource tools; and other topics. The Gilligan’s Island themed opening, dubbed "Field Assistance Island," was used to engage employees in the issues to be discussed over the 12 hour training.
(Hat Tip: Jon Forman.)
Update: New York Times: IRS Videos Come Under Fire