Feds owe $1B in back taxes

Federal employees from across the government owe more than $1.03 billion in delinquent taxes for fiscal 2010, according to Internal Revenue Service reports.

The Defense Department had the largest outstanding bill of $261.1 million owed by 30,200 civilian employees, reports the Washington Post Federal Eye blog. The rest of the 98,000 feds with unpaid taxes come from across the government, including the postal service, congressional staff, the executive office, military personnel and a few U.S. Tax Court employees.

Outstanding taxes could soon cost federal employees their jobs. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) have both introduced legislation -- H.R.828 and S. 376, respectively -- to make individuals who are purposefully delinquent on taxes "ineligible" for continued federal employment.

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Reader comments

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 JerryF

Another function of "big" government FAILS - it cannot collect owed income taxes. Look, I am a layman who pays taxes every year. Here are some tips for the tax collectors to help get this country out of debt: garnish wages, seize property, put liens against property, etc. It can't be that difficult, can it?

Tue, Jan 24, 2012

How many of the reported delinquencies appear as a result of IRS errors? The IRS cashed my check and mis-posted the payment to another account, then claimed that I owed taxes. I wrote to the IRS and provided a copy of the cancelled check, yet IRS still issued a demand notice totally ignoring my letter. I finally went into the local IRS office with my evidence. Overall it took the IRS several months to correct the situation.

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 Fritz

Not paying taxes seems to be a wakeup call for the IRS to seize these Scoff-laws bank accounts, homes and assets. Maybe a internet website list and a notice three times in their local news paper with the amount due might embarass them into paying right away. I know of several professionals who routinely delay paying their real estate taxes as long as they can. A new IRS website with the Scoff-Laws names is a good idea

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 Erich Darr

I think it only fair to compare the percentage of delinquent federal employees to the rate of delinquency of all employees. I believe that the government should garnish the wages of those civil servants that are delinquent. It shouldn't be that difficult to work that out between the IRS and federal payroll systems, if it hasn't been worked out already.

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 OccupyIT

LOL! Maybe they should debar us from working on projects or withhold an extra 3% from all of us to cover that. What's good for the Goose is good for the Gander, no?

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