Hey, what if we fired federal employees seriously delinquent on taxes? Democrats: Nah.

posted at 10:01 pm on March 21, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

From the “That’s Not Already the Rule?” File:

Citing figures indicating that more than 100,000 federal employees owe more than $1 billion in federal taxes, a House committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would require the firing of government workers who are “seriously tax delinquent.”

The legislation, introduced by Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, advanced through the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It now has to pass the full House to be implemented into law.

“Most taxpayers file accurate tax returns and pay the taxes they owe on time, regardless of their income,” Chaffetz, a Republican, said during the hearing Wednesday. “Federal employees and individuals applying for federal employment should do the same.”

The bill offers exceptions for those employees and applicants demonstrating financial hardship and making good faith efforts to settle up. You’d think our friends in the fair share party would be all over this, but it turns out they only like to demonize people who are already paying their taxes. Asking the bare minimum of federal employees isn’t their bag:

Democrats on the committee opposed the bill. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member on the committee, said the legislation “seeks to demonize federal employees rather than ensure their compliance with tax obligations.”

Washington, D.C. radio station WTOP reported earlier this month that federal employees owe a whopping $3.5 billion. You could run a bunch of White House tours with that kinda cheese:

From military personnel to postal workers, federal employees are on the hook for $3.5 billion in unpaid 2011 taxes, according to a report obtained by WTOP.

The amount is a nearly 3 percent increase compared to the year before.

About 312,000 employees owe the government a total of $3,519,410,517, according to the Federal Employee/Retiree Delinquency Initiative (FERDI) released on March 8 by the IRS. The total number of delinquent workers dropped between 2009 and 2010 but jumped more than 11 percent in 2011. The number of delinquent civilian taxpayers is the highest since 2005. Roughly 9.8 million people work for the federal government.

Here’s WTOP’s list of the worst offenders, with our friends at the Postal Service topping the rest of the crowd:

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The Obama economy certainly hasn’t made it easy for people to stay right on top of their tax obligations, but federal employees are doing better than most in the raise and job security department. The least they can do is try to get into some kind of payment plan with the IRS. And, I’d think not having a lien on your property for federal taxes would be a precondition for getting most jobs with the the federal government. You learn something new every day.

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No need to..

We will be forced to subsidize…

It’s the American way.

Utopia!

Electrongod on March 21, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Fire them!!

Scrumpy on March 21, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Oh..

Don’t expect mail on Saturday..

Damn Repubs..

/

I am just testing this new blame game..

Electrongod on March 21, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Tim Geitner, anyone?

SouthernGent on March 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member on the committee, said the legislation “seeks to demonize federal employees rather than ensure their compliance with tax obligations.”

She has a point.

Don’t fire them… garnish their wages.

malclave on March 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM

I’m glad that one political party has excused itself from complying with american law. it makes targeting them even more justifiable.

tom daschle concerned on March 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Hey, Geithner has already left the government so what difference, at this point, would it make?

BobMbx on March 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM

If Joe Lunchbucket’s employer can withhold “Employee Advances” and “Uniform Expense” from his paycheck, you’d think Uncle Sam could withhold past due taxes a federal employee owes to Uncle Sam. It really is an “employee advance” after all.

grgeil on March 21, 2013 at 10:18 PM

…I think people who commit bank fraud or bank robberies should be the first in line for any bank openings or promotions…let private business run like the government!…pedophiles should be given government grants to open day care centers…etc

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Fire all of em.

Rusty Allen on March 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM

I would like to see a poll on party affiliation of government employees with break-outs for law enforcement, military and education.

I would also like to see a poll on party affiliation for food stamps and Life Line Phones and other welfare programs.

I know a poll like that would be controversial, but think of the headlines.

tommylotto on March 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

The chart has me wondering.

Army-106 mil.

HHs-45mil.

Now, what is the number of people in each organization?
It seems bureaucrats may be the worse offenders individually.

FOWG1 on March 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Pass a law (The Anti-Rangeling Act) that federally employed tax cheats shall be fired.

The entire Obongo cabinet would be gone (Kerry, Lew etc.) unless sleazy Eric Holder could figure out some way to sell them waivers sorta like he and Barbecue Janet Reno handled the Mark Rich thingy.

viking01 on March 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM

DEMOCRATS DON’T PAY TAXES!

GarandFan on March 22, 2013 at 12:30 AM

It’s already a firing offense for IRS employees to be delinquent on their taxes or under-report their income, etc. The Democrats didn’t have a problem setting that rule for the Service, which is why Treasury’s delinquency rate is 1.1 percent – lowest in government.
They don’t screw around, either. If you don’t have a really, really good explanation, as in somebody else screwed up, it’s a mandatory termination.

mongoose on March 22, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Here’s WTOP’s list of the worst offenders, with our friends at the Postal Service topping the rest of the crowd:

Maybe their returns just got lost in the mail?

James on March 22, 2013 at 1:00 AM

I’m willing to bet that the majority of those listed in the Armed Services might be delinquent because they’re just a little busy right now. Filing taxes might not be the first thing on your mind, when you’re toting an M4 around.

The other Federal slackers need to get off their fat a$$es and pay up.

Hill60 on March 22, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Witholding, anyone?

Bill of Rights on March 22, 2013 at 1:55 AM

These are the pigs that rule us.

pat on March 22, 2013 at 2:13 AM

When somebody takes a deduction from their taxes, that revenue has to be made up from other sources — you and I.
 
urban elitist on July 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM

rogerb on March 22, 2013 at 6:07 AM

Oops. Forgot the link for that basic Econ 101 stuff:
 

This is Econ 101 stuff. If Dole del Monte was here, he’d have to give you an F.
 
urban elitist on July 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM

rogerb on March 22, 2013 at 6:10 AM

I’m remembering the Savings and Loan Scandal where Congressman were writing themselves interest free loans and the taxpayers of our great nation were presented the bill to bale out the Congress. Our Government is a corrupted mess and it’s no wonder the way its being handled. There are 1300 Federal agencies stuffed with Federal workers that produce nothing taxable and our elected Representatives of 535 have an appointed staff of just over 23,000. These facts are on the net if you have the guts to Google them.

mixplix on March 22, 2013 at 7:42 AM

My father and uncle used to deliberately overpay their taxes “to make up for cheats and help the other people”.

It was unrelated but a tax consultant for a large old money firm told me that they didn’t take every loophole “but that was worry about PR” as much as patriotism. He assured love of country was part of it, too.

I mentioned these people to two self described “bureaucrats” with the IRS at a social function some years later.

The two laughed so hard they nearly had drinks coming out of their noses. The patriotism part was the biggest joke they could imagine.

I live in Northern Virginia and I was told that this area gives less to charity for the immense income than any other area of the country. I do minor things and am abused for it So I am learning to keep quiet. And I don’t dare mention Bill O’Reilly and his generosity.

There is a mindset that actually resents charity and love of country so maybe Vice President O’Biden knows something.

IlikedAUH2O on March 22, 2013 at 7:54 AM

The most obvious solution is to deduct the owed money (with penalties and interests) from their paycheck(s). In other words, they don’t get paid until they work out the solution with IRS.

BUT, these are “more than 100,000 federal employees” who, in their unhappy state, will take it out and make h3ll for everybody else!

Sir Napsalot on March 22, 2013 at 8:02 AM

When did the Army, Navy, and Air Force become “Departments” separate from the Department of Defense? I know they were departments back before WWII. But now? Or is this the same $hit moronic nonsense from those libruls who call APCs tanks and destroyers battleships. I think we do need a draft for about 6 months service and put all (all boys and girls) through a heavy military indoctrination and physical fitness program. I don’t suggest they be taught to shoot, however (except crew served) or they might shoot themselves when they find out how wrong they have been.

Old Country Boy on March 22, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Why stop with federal employees? Just fire anyone who owes back taxes.

booger71 on March 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Democrats on the committee opposed the bill. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member on the committee, said the legislation “seeks to demonize federal employees rather than ensure their compliance with tax obligations.”

What’ in this for Rep. Elija Cummings, why would he give a hoot? Is it because many of these Fed workers are in unions? Maybe there’s a connection between Cummings and public employees’ unions. The unions are running this country into the ground.

Pazman on March 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Unless your name is Mitt Romney. Then taxes are a huge deal.

Well that’s a horse of a different color, noi isn’t it?.

Democrites. For them, Honesty and integrity are, relative to their cause.

FlaMurph on March 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

how many of those who owe back taxes are on an installment plan with the IRS? …those folks shouldn’t be targeted

Pragmatic on March 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Well that’s a horse of a different color

(Clears throat. Inhales…)

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apostic on March 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

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cdog0613 on March 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

“If it moves, Tax it.
If it continues to move, Regulate it.
If it stops moving, Subsidize it!”

Draw your own conclusions.

Another Drew on March 22, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Old Country Boy on March 22, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Those listings separate from DoD could be a separation of military and civilians within DoD:
Employees of the “Department of the Army(etc)” are GI’s, whereas “Department of Defense” are civilian GS’s.

Another Drew on March 22, 2013 at 1:49 PM

That’d be half of Congress … do it!

kregg on March 22, 2013 at 8:18 PM