According to the Internal Revenue Service, federal employees owe a total of $3.3 billion in back taxes to the federal government. In all, 318,462 federal employees owed back taxes as of last Sept. 30 which is an increase of 2.6% from the previous year. That puts the average tax bill at $10,391, according to IRS data obtained by USA TODAY under the Freedom of Information Act.
Tax delinquencies on Capitol Hill are four times more common than at the Treasury Department, which came under congressional scrutiny over bonuses paid to tax-delinquent IRS employees.
A report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that the IRS paid more than $1 million to employees who didn’t pay their federal taxes. But at just 1.2% delinquent, the Treasury Department has the best rate of tax compliance in the federal government, according to the reports.
How is it that government employees are permitted to owe back taxes at all, one would think it a prerequisite that they be in full compliance of state and federal laws and have their taxes paid to date.