Washington’s Dirty Secret:Federal Employees Owe Back Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service better know by the acronym IRS revealed a dirty little secret federal employee’s owe more than $3 billion dollars  in back taxes! Yes $3 billion!

according to the IRS 276,300 federal employees and retirees owe $3,042,200,000.That’s a lot of money.

The IRS follows the non-compulsory payment to the IRS from Federal Employees and Retirees. The agency find federal employees come up short.

The report covers nearly every department and agency with more than  25 employees. The report show that less than one percent of all federal employees owe back taxes. That’s the good news!

The department or agency who’s employees owe back taxes the Postal Service.   Yea,the post office. Collectively they owe  $297,933,756.

“We urge our employees to comply with all tax laws and are encouraged that many who have been delinquent have agreed to payment plan with the IRS,” USPS spokesperson Mark Saunders tells WTOP in a statement.

“It’s important to look at the percentage of postal employees who may be delinquent on their federal taxes, not just the number itself. According to IRS figures, the delinquency rate for Postal Service employees is relatively small.”

Retiree of US Military comes in  with 33% of all federal employees that owes; $1,343,538,055 in unpaid taxes for 2008.

The National Capital Planning Commission, where 10.42 percent maintains the largest percentage of scofflaws . What?!?!?!?

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) is a U.S. government agency that provides planning guidance for Washington, D.C. and the surrounding National Capital Region (a/k/a Greater Washington,D.C. Metropolitan Area).

“NCPC is committed to working closely with the Department of The Treasury to resolve issues of federal income tax delinquency involving its staff,” NCPC spokeswoman Lisa MacSpadden said in a statement.

“The agency takes this matter very seriously and recognizes that federal employees must adhere to the highest ethical standards regarding financial matters.

“We remind our employees of this responsibility as part of our mandatory annual ethics training. Upon receipt of an official notice from the IRS about a specific employee’s noncompliance, NCPC will take appropriate administrative action.”

Other federal agencies :

  • Executive Office of the President (includes the White House): 50 employees owe $812,917;
  • U.S. Senate: 231 employees owe $2,469,026;
  • U.S. House of Representatives: 447 employees owe $5,809,631;
  • U.S. Tax Court: 3 employees owe $39,752;
  • Active Duty Military: 27,111 employees $102,474,672.

By  the way the  IRS employees non-compliance rate (the percentage of IRS Workers owe back taxes) is low 0.76 percent down from .089  percent. IRS employees have an incentive: they may be fired for  owing back taxes.

WTOP 103.5 FM

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