The Internal Revenue Service has been caught lying to the public about its fake ads program, according to a report published Wednesday.
The report comes on the heels of a recent congressional hearing into the agency’s ad sales program.
The IRS admitted to falsifying documents and false advertising laws to cover up its fraudulent advertising program.
In February, the IRS admitted that it had sent fake advertisements to over 60,000 businesses.
These ads, sent to individuals and businesses with legitimate business needs, often claimed that the company could earn a profit by selling the products they purchased.
The IRS had also misled the public by saying that they were authorized to sell tobacco products, the report said.
The agency’s fake ads were designed to help companies evade tax and penalties by disguising their legitimate business transactions with fake ads.
The fake ads sent to businesses were designed so that they looked like the products the companies were actually selling, but were not.
The fake ads also often included the word “excellent” or other marketing phrases that were misleading, according the report.
The false ads did not have to be truthful.
The agency also used phony letters to target businesses, falsely claiming that the letters were written by the IRS and intended to reach consumers.
The real letters were actually written by employees of the IRS, the inspector general said.
These letters were not sent by the agency.
The Treasury Department is conducting an internal investigation into the IRS fake ads and its misuse of taxpayer dollars, according a statement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.