Monday, July 16, 2012

Because everybody needs to pay their "fair share"--unless they work for the government

Investor's Business Daily has the IRS reports on income tax delinquincy in the Federal government, and--starting with the White House--the numbers are NOT pretty:
A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama's executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven't paid any share, let alone their fair share. [snip]

The tax offenders include employees of the U.S. Senate who help write the laws imposed on everyone else. They owe $2.1 million. Workers in the House of Representatives owe $8.5 million, Department of Education employees owe $4.3 million and over at Homeland Security, 4,697 workers owe about $37 million. Active duty military members owe more than $100 million.
The Treasury Department, where Obama nominee Tim Geithner had to pay up $42,000 in his own back taxes before being confirmed as secretary, has 1,181 other employees with delinquent taxes totaling $9.3 million.
As usual, the Postal Service, with more than 600,000 workers, has the most offenders (25,640), who also owe the most -- almost $270 million. Veterans Affairs has 11,659 workers owing the IRS $151 million while the Energy Department that was so quick to dish out more than $500 million to the Solyndra folks has 322 employees owing $5 million.
The country's chief law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, has 2,069 employees who are nearly $17 million behind in taxes. Like Operation Fast and Furious, Attorney General Eric Holder has apparently missed them too.

The total is an astounding $3.4 Billion in back taxes owed by Federal government employees.

Here's the intriguing thing:  that would not be possible with President Gary Johnson in office.

It's a hell of a lot harder to duck (and a lot less paperwork) to duck a consumption tax than it is not to mail in a check.


tom said...

how is it possible under any president? isn't the IRS i part of the Dept. of the Treasury which presumably is where thes people's paychecks come from?

Thomas L. Knapp said...

"It's a hell of a lot harder to duck ... a consumption tax than it is not to mail in a check."

You say that like it's a good thing.

It really isn't.

Especially since Johnson's proposal also includes a universal federal welfare entitlement under which every warm body in the United States would get a monthly check from Uncle Sugar.

NCSDad said...

I wonder what the percentages are overall? Are these high?