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Federal employees owe $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes
Washington Post ^ | 23 January 2012 | Ed O'Keefe

Posted on 04/14/2012 4:30:07 PM PDT by Lorianne

Congressional staffers owed about $10.6 million in unpaid taxes in 2010, a slight increase from the previous year and a growing slice of the roughly $1 billion owed by federal and postal workers nationwide.

The figures come as Republican efforts to pass legislation allowing federal agencies to fire tax delinquent federal employees have slowed and as the White House continues to crack down on improper payments made by agencies to delinquent government contractors and federal beneficiaries.

About 98,000 federal, postal and congressional employees owed $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes at the end of fiscal 2010, according to records provided by the Internal Revenue Service. The total number of delinquent employees dipped slightly from 2009, but the amount owed jumped by $32 million.

The figures are “totally unacceptable and disrespectful to hardworking American taxpayers,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). “If you’re on the federal payroll, the very least you can do is pay your taxes.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: chaffetz; geithner; jasonchaffetz; publicemployees; publicemployeeunions; taxcheats; taxes; unions

1 posted on 04/14/2012 4:30:16 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?

It’s less than a day’s new debt with this Administration.

We have a really big national debt.


2 posted on 04/14/2012 4:36:18 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Lorianne

It’s one of the fringe benefits of working for the federal government. You get a discount on your taxes.


3 posted on 04/14/2012 4:38:37 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: lurk
It’s less than a day’s 6 hours new debt with this Administration.
4 posted on 04/14/2012 4:38:44 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Lorianne
Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?

Sounds like membership has its privileges.

5 posted on 04/14/2012 4:53:54 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: Lorianne

My BP just pinned reading that crap! They don’t pay and we dutifully do pay ours? Why am I not surprised, except at how much it amounts to?


6 posted on 04/14/2012 5:06:15 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: Lorianne

Fire them and garnish their retirement. These “public servants” should be in jail. What a bunch of shiftless, loser parasites.


7 posted on 04/14/2012 5:18:50 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Lorianne

Fire them and garnish their retirement. These “public servants” should be in jail. What a bunch of shiftless, loser parasites.


8 posted on 04/14/2012 5:19:07 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: All

I believe the IRS just needs to take the money owed from the employees by Garnishment, instead of depending on them to pay it back. I would start at some of the smaller departments then work my way up.

Isn’t it fitting that the GSA employees owe over a couple million dollars.


9 posted on 04/14/2012 5:25:51 PM PDT by Eric Roelfsema
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To: Lorianne

American workers owe 114 Billion in unpaid taxes. Just doing their part in starving the beast.


10 posted on 04/14/2012 5:48:29 PM PDT by redreno (Americans don't go Gault. Americans go Postal.)
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To: Lorianne
We did this piece in January. The tax deficiencies are generated mostly by improper allocation of child support ~ which IRS likes to focus on ~ not that they seek trouble where trouble is but they do.

It can take years before a court unravels who should be doing what to who before IRS can finally figure out if they were really owed something, or that somebody else owed them something but they were looking at the wrong guy, or gal, whatever the case may be.

If you'd prohibit federal employees from divorcing this would probably go away!

11 posted on 04/14/2012 5:50:48 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Eric Roelfsema
IRS does use garnishment on federales as well as military deployed overseas in combat zones.

Did you think they were nice people?

hahahahah~

IRS has a division near Cincinnati that makes deals with taxpayers for timed payment. Much of what you see "owed" is actually already subject to a collection agreement.

12 posted on 04/14/2012 5:55:52 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Lorianne

I used to work for a local utility company. Not paying your gas or electric bill was grounds for termination.


13 posted on 04/14/2012 5:57:10 PM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: muawiyah

“If you’d prohibit federal employees from divorcing this would probably go away”

I’d sooner prohibit federal employees from procreating. Harmful bacteria and virus’ should be isolated(done)and eradicated.


14 posted on 04/14/2012 6:01:50 PM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: lurk

The point is they should have to pay their taxes just like
non government employees are supposed to I do not care if they owe $1.00 pay the ******* money


15 posted on 04/14/2012 6:08:30 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Lorianne
i guess taking it out of their paycheck is out of the question though...
16 posted on 04/14/2012 6:12:25 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: bossmechanic

I take it you prefer debt to divorce?


17 posted on 04/14/2012 6:16:43 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Chode
Hey, give them a break! After a grueling 8 hours of federal work, who thinks about paying taxes? And don't get me started about being wakened by those pesky phone calls from us citizens!


18 posted on 04/14/2012 6:21:24 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: COBOL2Java
damn straight... it's not like they have to produce something or preform a valuable service to somebody or something, pretty much just show up and gt paid
19 posted on 04/14/2012 6:37:09 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: funfan

Under U.S. federal tax law, a garnishment by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is a form of administrative levy. In the case of an IRS levy, no court order is required; Or IRC more formally, the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
Only a few requirements must be met before the IRS starts a wage garnishment: The IRS must have assessed the tax and must have sent a written Notice and Demand for Payment;
The taxpayer must have neglected or refused to pay the tax within the time prescribed in the notice; and, The IRS must have sent a Final Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to A Hearing (levy notice) at least 30 days before the levy. The taxpayer does not need to actually receive the notice for the notice to be effective. Many taxpayers never actually receive the final notice. Those taxpayers may not realize they are in danger of receiving a levy until their wages are actually garnished. The infernal Revenue Service needs to do its JOB!


20 posted on 04/14/2012 6:44:13 PM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: Lorianne
98,000 unionized gov't employees owe an average of $10,500 in back taxes?

That's not chump change.

That looks like 98,000 jobs available for millions of unemployed Americans from here.

21 posted on 04/14/2012 6:46:15 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: Colorado Cowgirl
Well I wish you were in charge as you seem to have it down.
I just do not get that they can just not pay or have it taken. One year we made a mistake on our taxes and forget to list the amount of our State refund. We received notice from the IRS saying we owed I think it was $873.00 and it had a fine which I think was included in that amount can't remember without looking at the records-the actual amount of the refund we forgot to list or I should say our tax preparer forgot was $2500.00 approx. So we paid it right away after checking with our tax person. I bet if we had not paid it we would be in big trouble but then again we are in the private sector. Just burns me up!!
22 posted on 04/14/2012 8:02:24 PM PDT by funfan
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Click

23 posted on 04/14/2012 8:05:56 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: funfan

What burns me up more!! “The fact (is) that according to the Committee on Joint Taxation, 51 percent — that is, a majority of American households — paid no income tax in 2009. Zero. Zip. Nada. … Actually, to show how out of whack things have gotten, 30 percent of American households actually made money from the tax system by way of refundable tax credits — the Earned Income Tax Credit, among others. So 51 percent of American households paid no income tax in 2009, but 30 percent actually made money under the current system.” This has to change!!!!


24 posted on 04/15/2012 12:54:38 AM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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