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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Over 275,000 Federal Workers Are Tax Deadbeats

Over 276,000 federal workers and retirees owed more than $3 billion in back income taxes in 2008 (up from $2.7 billion owed in 2007).

The cabinet departments with the largest percentages of employee/retiree tax deadbeats are:

  1. Housing & Urban Development:  4.05%
  2. Veterans Affairs:  3.91%
  3. Health & Human Services:  3.86%
  4. Army:  3.76%
  5. Education:  3.60%
  6. Air Force:  3.25%
  7. Defense:  3.16%
  8. State:  3.14%
  9. Navy:  3.01%
  10. Commerce:  3.00%

The agencies and commissions with the largest percentages of employee/retiree tax deadbeats are:

  1. National Capital Planning Commission: 10.42%
  2. Advisory Council on Historic preservation:  9.26%
  3. U.S. Office of Special Counsel:  8.65%
  4. U.S. Election Assistance Commission:  8.51%
  5. Federal Labor Relations Authority:  7.20%
  6. U.S. Commission on Civil Rights:  7.14%
  7. Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission:  6.82%
  8. Government Printing Office:  6.29%
  9. Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board:  5.33%
  10. Court Services & Offender Supervisors:  5.23%

Other departments and agencies:

  • Federal Reserve Board:  4.32%
  • U.S. House of Representatives:  4.17%
  • U.S. Senate:  3.19%
  • SEC:  2.56%
  • U.S. Tax Court:  1.43%
  • Treasury Department:  0.98% (the lowest delinquency rate among cabinet departments)

Press and blogosphere coverage:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2009/12/over-275000.html

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Comments

If only there was some way that the federal government could have the employer hold back some of the wages to pay the past-due taxes.

Posted by: Woody | Dec 15, 2009 2:45:12 PM

why not name those deadbeatsenaters??????

Posted by: NONA PREBLE | Dec 16, 2009 6:58:33 AM