Capitol Hill employees owed $9.3 million in overdue taxes at the end of last year, a sliver of the $1 billion owed by federal workers nationwide but one with potential political ramifications for members of Congress.
The debt among Hill employees has risen at a faster rate than the overall tax debt on the governments books, according to Internal Revenue Service data. It comes at a time when some Republican members are pushing for the firings of government workers who owe the IRS and President Obama has urged a crackdown on delinquent government contractors.
The IRS information does not identify delinquent taxpayers by name, party affiliation or job title and does not indicate whether members of Congress are among the scofflaws. It shows that 638 employees, or about 4 percent, of the 18,000 Hill workers owe money.
The average unpaid tax bill is $12,787 among the Senates delinquent taxpayers and $15,498 among those working in the House.
Privacy laws prevent release of individual tax delinquents names. But we do know that as of the end of 2009, 41 people inside Obamas very own White House owe the government theyre allegedly running a total of $831,055 in back taxes. That would cover a lot of special chocolate desserts in the White House Mess.
At the Labor Dept., where Secy. Hilda Solis husband had some backtax problems before her confirmation, 463 owe $7,481,463. Eighty-one workers for the Federal Reserve Systems 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 onboard 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.
Total back taxes owed by the Obama's Executive Branch:
$59,781,577 in back taxes
that is 59 MILLION, 781 THOUSAND, Five-hundred and seventy-seven. Holy-spit!
"The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money."
--Alexis de Tocqueville
Posted on Sep 12, 2010, 3:09 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52