The IRS says that unpaid taxes by federal employees has reached about $3.04 billion.
According to Internal Revenue Service data the U.S. Postal Service has more employees who are delinquent on their taxes any other federal agency. Their total is $297.93 million which is almost 10% of the total.
The Treasury which includes the IRS (and Tim Geithner) owes $6.99 million. At the IRS employees can be fired for failing to pay taxes. (I sense an opportunity.)
And then there is the Congress and the Executive Branch: $2.47 million for the U.S. Senate; $5.81 million for the House of Representatives; and about $813,000 for the Executive Office of the President.
Ironic isn’t it? This should be embarrassing since the federal government has record deficits and wants to raise the debt limit to $12 trillion so that it can continue spending at record levels next year. You would think that they would at least want to avoid this type of press since all government employees re paid with tax revenue. They do not create wealth – their jobs consume wealth.
“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” – Thomas Jefferson
“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” — Thomas Jefferson