Will They Ever Pay The $3.5 Billion They Owe?

Federal News Radio reports on the continuing problem of federal employees not paying their taxes. 

More than 100,000 employees in the federal workforce owe a total of $3.54 billion in federal taxes, according to 2014 data from the IRS.

Although the number of tax delinquent feds decreased by about 14,000 from 2013, the balance owed in taxes grew by about $2.3 million.

Retired members of the military appeared to be the biggest tax offenders, with a delinquency rate of 4.04 percent in 2014. The rate is calculated by dividing the number of employees who owe taxes by the total number in the workforce.

Civilian employees were a close second with a rate of 3.99 percent. That group owes a collective $1.14 billion in federal taxes.

Among those trying to do something about it is 7th District Congressman David Rouzer.

Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.) introduced earlier this month the No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act. This bill would prohibit the IRS from hiring new employees until the Treasury Secretary certifies that the IRS doesn’t employ any individual with a “serious” tax debt.

Rouzer’s press release is here. 

 

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