Paul Caron reports that nearly 280,000 current and former federal workers are delinquent in their tax obligations:
Over 279,000 federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.4 billion in back income taxes in 2010 (up from $3.3 billion in 2009, $3.0 billion in 2008, and $2.7 billion in 2007).
The cabinet departments with the largest percentages of employee/retiree tax deadbeats are:
- Housing & Urban Development: 3.89%
- Education: 3.88%
- Army: 3.83%
- Veterans Affairs: 3.78%
- Commerce: 3.54%
- Health & Human Services: 3.51%
- Defense: 3.19%
- Air Force: 3.11%
- Navy: 3.05%
- State: 2.94%
Other departments and agencies:
- U.S. Office of Government Ethics: 6.49%
- Federal Reserve Board: 4.86%
- U.S. House of Representatives: 4.24%
- U.S. Senate: 3.08%
- SEC: 2.50%
- U.S. Tax Court: 2.25%
- Treasury Department: 0.96% (the lowest delinquency rate among cabinet departments)
Ironically, The United States’ Office of Government Ethics has the highest rate of tax delinquency.
If the government cannot ensure that its own employees are fully compliant with the tax laws why would we ever expect it to ensure that private sector employees follow the law?