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.