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Federal employees all across the country owe
$1 billion in back taxes

Working for the federal government has many fantastic perks that private sector employees can only dream about: guaranteed job security, a salary that is almost double that of their private sector counterparts, and gold plated health benefits far more generous than that of their private sector counterparts. But there's another seemingly unwritten perk Americans haven't known about until now. Not only do federal employees make more money than their private sector counterparts, apparently they don't have to pay their federal taxes. While the law says they are required to pay their taxes, they haven't paid them and since it appears the IRS hasn't put in much effort to collect them, for all intents and purposes they're exempt from paying them. This includes 41 of Barack Obama's aides who owe over $831,055. Andrew Malcolm has the numbers of federal employees who haven't paid their taxes broken out by department. If you're not sitting down, I suggest you find a seat before reading this:

In the House of Representatives, 421 people owe a total $6,524,892. In the Senate, 217 owe $2,774,836. In the IRS' parent department, Treasury, 1,204 owe $7,670,814. At the Labor Department, where Secretary Hilda Solis' husband had some back-tax problems before her confirmation, 463 owe $7,481,463. Eighty-one workers for the Federal Reserve System's board of governors owe $1,076,733.

Over at the Justice Department, which is so busy enforcing other laws and suing Arizona, 1,971 employees still owe $14,350,152 in overdue taxes.

Then, we come to the Department of Homeland Security, which is run by Janet Napolitano, the former governor of Arizona who preferred to call terrorist acts "man-caused disasters." Homeland Security is keeping all of us safe by ensuring that a Dutch tourist is aboard every inbound international flight to thwart any would-be bomber with explosives in his underpants.

Within that department, there reside 4,856 people who owe the tax agency a whopping total of $37,012,174.

Are we a bunch of suckers, or what? Here we are working our tails off to pay the taxes that fund these yahoos' lavish salaries and health benefits on which they haven't bothered to pay their taxes to the tune of $1 billion.

Forget burning the Koran. On April 15th, Americans all over the country need walk out of their homes and burn their tax returns in protest. Either all Americans pay all their taxes, or no one does. No taxation without equal protection.

Update: Yid With Lid notes these additional and even more shocking numbers:

The average federal scofflaw owes $8,700. When you add in retired Civilian and military employees, that number jumps to $3.3 Billion.

Clearly these folks think they are cut from an entirely different cloth than the rest of us.


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Comments (19)

Curious why you haven't ana... (Below threshold)
the Dane of your Existence:

Curious why you haven't analyzed the same numbers under the Bush administration.

Because it's virtually the same - and doing so would expose the hypocrisy of the right.

Dane, good to see you posti... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Dane, good to see you posting again!

I have a couple simple questions for you: Are you now clear on the difference between "National Debt" and "Deficit"?

And if you are now clear on the difference, would you like to admit now that your absurd charge form a day or so ago that President Bush took the National debt to $6T+ from "ZERO" was incorrect?

Seriously.

Does not surprise me from t... (Below threshold)
mag:

Does not surprise me from the do as I say not as I do crowd.
Whether they are kings, dictators or government people they all think they are above the masses.

Dane: "...Because it's virt... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Dane: "...Because it's virtually the same.."

How can that be when you on the left told us over and over again how much better the obambi administration would be over the Bush administration?

Dane, what do you think of how some members of the CBC steered money directly to their own families, and no one on the left is complaining about it?? Wow, talk about "exposing the hypocrisy on the left"!!

(off topic to Drago - I an... (Below threshold)
the Dane of your Existence:

(off topic to Drago - I answered on that thread and blew the lid off the Republican hypocrisy - go check it out - I'm happy to discuss it there - quit changing the subject)

And Kim - feel free to show how federal employees make twice what private sector employees make..

You can't??? Then why would you make such a ridiculous bullcrap of a statement like that?

Just more right wing lies? What's the matter? Is the truth just not going your way?

You now have to make up ridiculous BS to try to make a point?

Working for the federal government has many fantastic perks that private sector employees can only dream about: guaranteed job security, a salary that is almost double that of their private sector counterparts...

OH, and "guaranteed job security" Show us the guarantee please.

WHAT??? You can't do that either?

Wow - one piece of BS after another... or prove me wrong, please - prove me wrong.

YOU CAN'T??? lol...

Re: "And Kim - feel free to... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Re: "And Kim - feel free to show how federal employees make twice what private sector employees make..

How about: Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The data are the latest available.

From: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/income/2010-08-10-1Afedpay10_ST_N.htm

As for federal job security... (Below threshold)
Hank:

As for federal job security....

JOB SECURITY: Layoffs happen in Federal service, but they are very rare. A Federal job is the secure job for these insecure times. As long as the U.S. population keeps growing, Federal workers will be needed to provide government services. Downsizing that does occur in some Agencies is almost always accomplished through attrition rather than through the layoffs that are all too common in the private sector. Wouldn't it be good to have a career where you can concentrate on the work, rather than on trying to survive?

From: http://www.jobsfed.com/bene2.htm

You should consider apologizing to Kim.

Hank, you got to the link b... (Below threshold)

Hank, you got to the link before I did. I didn't include it in the post because it was such big news when it came out that I figured it was already public knowledge. Clearly it was public knowledge among only those who choose to be informed.

Anyway, I included the news report about federal employees making double of their private sector counter parts in the post in case we have more uninformed commenters.

The point about federal emp... (Below threshold)
Roy:

The point about federal employees under Bush doing the same is valid, as was under Clinton, 41, Reagan,... And that's a damn good reason to fire most of those freeloaders and shrink the public employment rolls. Isn't that one of those Tea things?

Dane: "(off topic to Drago ... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Dane: "(off topic to Drago - I answered on that thread and blew the lid off the Republican hypocrisy - go check it out - I'm happy to discuss it there - quit changing the subject).

Liar.

Anyone can go back to the "An Unprecedented Obama Achievement" thread and see that you did not answer for your stupidity in confusing national debt with national deficit.

So again, you're lying.

For obvious reasons.

Which again, makes you the perfect democrat shill.

You cannot blow the lid off of anyone's hypocrisy if you don't even understand what the other guys are talking about.

So again, you are a liar.

Oh and Dane there's the lit... (Below threshold)
John:

Oh and Dane there's the little item of proving that federal employees do indeed make nearly twice the private sector, what about that big shot? Is that enough on topic for you to respond, since you're the one that brought it up in the first place.

Oh and Dane when did the Ob... (Below threshold)
John:

Oh and Dane when did the Obama administration standard of ethical behavior sink to the levels of the evil republicans, I thought this was the most ethical administation in the history of the world. Just goes to show you the guy is nothing more than a sleezy politician.

To the average person, it w... (Below threshold)
Socratease:

To the average person, it would seem easier to garnish the wages of a federal worker to pay back taxes than it would be a privately employed worker.

And for Duane: Considering the Democrats rode into power in large part claiming to be more ethical than the Republicans, "We're no worse than the Republicans!" doesn't sound like a very convincing defense.

In my opinion, the proper response to "Everybody does it" as an excuse for government corruption is to fire Everybody.

Dane: "...Because it's virt... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Dane: "...Because it's virtually the same.."

Full of SHIT as usual. Hey Dane, how come it wasn't plastered all over the news. The MSM loved to bash Bush and Republicans every chance they got, with anything they got, even if they had to make it up. But I don't recall EVER seeing an article that Republicans in the White House or on Capitol Hill OWED BACK TAKES.

Hank #4,Well playe... (Below threshold)
SER:

Hank #4,

Well played, Sir! Well played!

I guess the Dane of our existence has his tail between his legs and will be hiding for a while.

The advent of "Dane"...a li... (Below threshold)
oldpuppymax:

The advent of "Dane"...a liberal presuming to overwhelm CONSERVATIVES with FACTS. Now THAT'S funny!! Leftists avoid facts like a peste house. It's an absolute requirement for the breed, as facts and truth always lead to their undoing. Why else do liberals immediately claim to have been subjected to a vicious, unfair attack whenever their OWN WORDS are attributed to them!!! But hang in there, pal. Even the breathtaking hypocrisy and unintended comic relief offered by the "camera shy" Hussein has become a bit stale. A new clown is always welcome.

Let me guess: Rampant ta... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Let me guess: Rampant tax arrearages among federal employees is "surprising" and "unexpected"....

And now we know the real re... (Below threshold)
BlueNight:

And now we know the real reason neither a flat tax of 10% or the FairTax of effectively 0% will replace the IRS we all know and love.

Every civil servant has the... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Every civil servant has the exact same rights as any other taxpayer. They have to right to appeal their taxes, the right to file back taxes, etc; as allowed by the tax code. Thus while under appeal it is considered back taxes owed. This just another article by a fool who wants to paint federal workers in a bad light. In fact. delinquency rates by federal employees is much lower than the general public, something this fool chose not to mention.




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