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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 4:57am

22 Controversial IRS Conferences In Ga.

A government report blasting the Internal Revenue Service for its spending on seminars, speakers and training videos lists 22 Georgia conferences at high-end hotels in downtown Atlanta and on St. Simons Island off the Georgia coast.

Among them is a conference for managers at Atlanta's Marriott Marquis Hotel that cost $1.18 million for 800 attendees, or an average of $1,477 per person.

The review by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration lists other conferences at Ritz Carlton, Renaissance, Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton, Westin and W hotels in Atlanta and a Hyatt Regency in Savannah.

IRS training at the Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island cost $110,586 for 77 attendees in fiscal year 2010. Another St. Simons conference at the King and Prince Hotel cost $99,586 for 70 people in fiscal year 2012.