Tax Cheats Not Limited To Congress, Obama's Cabinet. Almost Half Million Federal Employees Owe Over 3.5 Billion in Back Taxes

2-20-09

I can only assume a shiny new Harry Reid Voluntary Tax DVD is included in every federal employee’s welcoming goodie bag when they hire on as an explanation for why so many of these folks don’t pay their taxes. There is little doubt among the rest of us peons that landing a cushy job with the federal government would indeed be a dream come true.

Just think, a fat paycheck, gold plated bennies, a retirement pension to die for, virtually guaranteed lifetime employment no matter how lousy one’s job performance turns out to be and plenty of other people to shove any real work off on to. In fact, while we continue to get beat over the head with the latest unemployment figures by the doom and gloom Obama administration, the federal government workforce is actually growing like a noxious weed and will probably continue to do so as long as there are journalists loyal to “The Won” looking for one of those payback jobs.

An unusual number of journalists from prominent, mainstream organizations started new government jobs in January, providing new kindling to the debate over whether Obama is receiving unusually favorable treatment in the news media.

Just what kind of tax payment system is in place that allows so many of these federal employees to just bug out of paying their legal obligations? Why does it seem there are no real repercussions for these people when it is discovered they collectively owe over three and a half BILLION dollars in back taxes, an average of some $7,000 for each delinquent employee?

Wtop.com reports that a total of 449,531 federal employees and retirees from active duty military (if anyone in this country should get a free ride on paying taxes it should be those in the military) to the US Postal Service all the way up and over to the Executive Office of the President did not voluntarily pay their federal income taxes in 2007. The damages? Somewhere in the neighborhood of $3,586,784,725!

I was under the impression that employers in this country withheld a portion of their employee’s pay from each paycheck and remitted these funds to the government to redistribute as whatever group of bureaucrats at the top of the heap thought best. I don’t believe these government employees are considered contract workers, self-responsible for submitting a quarterly payment like most business owners so what’s the scoop? Because they are federal employees are they trusted to pay their taxes on their own every month? Every three months? At the end of the year?

The agency with the most delinquent employees is the U.S. Postal Service. With more than 747,000 employees, the postal service is the largest employer in the federal government, but with a 4.16 percent delinquency rate, it is a full 1 percent above the average compliance rate this year.

The Executive Office of the President, which includes the White House, has 58 employees who did not pay $319,978.

Other notable agencies with high delinquency rates include the Smithsonian Institution, where nearly 5.5 percent of the employees didn’t pay their taxes. On Capitol Hill, more than 1,000 workers are on the list. The Government Printing Office has the highest percentage of delinquent employees with 7.23 percent.

Who would have ever thought that five and a half percent of Smithsonian Institution employees would have flaked out on their taxes last year? And what’s up with all those people in the Government Printing Office? Certainly these folks have some sort of hook up with their brethren over at the money factory, and there just has to be a couple dozens sheets of scratch and dent hundred dollar bills laying around that nobody would miss right?

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