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Hill Employees Owed $9.3M In Back Taxes

From a seemingly surprised Washington Post:

Capitol Hill employees owed $9.3 million in back taxes last year, data show

By T.W. Farnam
Thursday, September 9, 2010

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.

Is there really any doubt?

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.

IRS debt among government workers has surfaced repeatedly as a political issue over the years, most recently when Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced legislation this year to fire federal workers who owe back taxes unless they have entered into a payment plan. Eight Republicans co-sponsored the bill. No Democrats have signed on, and some have said firings would reduce the government’s prospects of being paid

Once again, even on somewhat small matters, there is a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties. And the Democrats are always on the side of the law breakers and deadbeats.

[The report] shows that three employees at the Office of Government Ethics owed a combined $75,000.

Isn’t irony ironic? By the way, how many people do you know who owe $25,000 in back taxes? – And who are still walking around free?

And 41 employees at the Executive Office of the President owed $831,000 altogether – about the same amount as during the last year of George W. Bush’s administration

Given the tenacity of the bureaucracy, they are probably the same people.

During 2008 and 2009 – when the financial crisis took hold and the economy started sinking – the Senate debt increased 80 percent and the House debt increased 25 percent

Well, given that these are the people who gave us the financial crisis, this is only just. Though you have to wonder why they are suffering, since they still have (far too) well paying jobs.

Aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) declined to comment, and aides to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not respond to a request for comment.

That is part of their famous policy of ‘Open Government And Honest Leadership.’

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 10th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Hill Employees Owed $9.3M In Back Taxes”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    UGH! Once again (like illegal immigration) this is such an easy fix.

    Make a block diagram, and stick to it.

    1. Do you owe back taxes?
    Yes? Go to #1.
    No? Go to #2.

    #1. Ok, now we are going to take a portion of your income to cover it, and your entire tax return if you received any money that year.
    #2. You have no problems, congratulations!

    End of problem.

  2. proreason says:

    Every government official who owes taxes of any sort should be fired immediately, and the positions should be eliminated.

    The 18,000 count would certainly grow to more than 40,000 if state and local taxes were included.

    A very conservative assumption would be the compensation of those 40,000 would be the federal AVERAGE of 120,000 per year.

    That’s an immediate savings of 5 billion dollars in compensation this year…..and forever.

    But the benefits to the country of having 40,000 less highly placed bureaucrats would be a hundred times the financial savings. They certainly steal at least $100 billionn every year, and that doesn’t count what the “redistribute”.

  3. RightWinger says:

    October Surprise! Not! Had the Washington Post’s investigation turned out a large chunk of Republicans in this expose, this story would have been released 2 weeks before Election Day.

    Since it must involve large numbers of Democrats and their supporters, the WaPo follows time honored tradition of leaving out the word “Democrat” and/or the “(D)”. Of course Nancy and Harry’s silence speaks volumes as well.


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