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Friday, September 10, 2010

The difficulties Washington workers have in paying their taxes

Here is an interesting fact.
Capitol Hill employees owed $9.3 million in overdue taxes at the end of last year, a sliver of the $1 billion owed by federal workers nationwide but one with potential political ramifications for members of Congress.

The debt among Hill employees has risen at a faster rate than the overall tax debt on the government's books, according to Internal Revenue Service data. It comes at a time when some Republican members are pushing for the firings of government workers who owe the IRS and President Obama has urged a crackdown on delinquent government contractors.

The IRS information does not identify delinquent taxpayers by name, party affiliation or job title and does not indicate whether members of Congress are among the scofflaws. It shows that 638 employees, or about 4 percent, of the 18,000 Hill workers owe money.

The average unpaid tax bill is $12,787 among the Senate's delinquent taxpayers and $15,498 among those working in the House.
Andrew Malcolm adds on.
We now know that federal employees across the nation owe fully $1 billion in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

As in, 1,000 times one million dollars. All this political jabber about giving middleclass....
...Americans a tax cut. Thousands of feds have been giving themselves one all along -- unofficially. And these tax scofflaws include more than three dozen folks who work for the president with that newly-decorated Oval Office.
Yup. There are 41 people in the Obama White House that owe $831,055 in back taxes.


Pat Patterson said...

I read something about this about a year ago which also pointed out some mitigating circumstances. The first being the taxes may not be owed but the IRS posts all amounts including disputed. Some of these are different interpretations of the tax code, proceeds from the sale of property or the proceeds from an inheritance.

tfhr said...

Pat Patterson,

"...proceeds from an inheritance."

You mean like a death tax?

equitus said...

For context, I'd want to know how this compares to previous administrations'.

Pat Patterson said...

Possibly but it hadn't reached zero yet but now will go back up. But sometimes the argument over an estate is complicated in that assessed value may have nothing to do with its actual value. The government would obviously want the higher so that causes the supposed tax delinquency while the accounts face off with loaded briefcases. Or whether the estate has even been liquidated can cause this delinquency. But if a fed worker is getting a $5 million plus estate then I can only wonder why the heck is he still working.