WASHINGTON, D.C. – It pays to have connections to “the man.”
The AP reports:
From workers in Congress and at the White House to active duty troops, more than 318,000 federal employees and retirees owe just over $3.3 billion in back taxes, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.
That works out to nearly 3.3 percent of all 9.8 million federal workers and retirees who are behind on their taxes, which is significantly lower than the proportion of delinquent taxpayers in the overall population. The IRS said it estimates that to be at least 8.7 percent.
Those behind in their tax payments include 714 of the roughly 17,000 people working for the House and Senate, the agency said. IRS officials said the data used to compile the report did not indicate whether any of those delinquent taxpayers were members of Congress.
Many unions demand public employees pay dues. Those unions will actually fight to have workers fired if they refuse to pay dues.
How about we apply the same standard to government employees? If you don’t pay your taxes, you’re fired.
Or better yet, neuter their ability to harass taxpayers with audits and notices until the government can gets its own house in order.