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There is a suspicion in this country (which I share) that the people who run our government have a sense of entitlement, that they believe that there are two sets of laws, one for them and one for the rest of the rest of the people. We can now put an end to those suspicions. They have now been proven.

All this political talk about tax cuts is all nonsense. Federal employees have taken their own tax cut. Not an approved tax cut mind you, but a tax cut the same.  According to the IRS people presently working for the federal government owe an aggregate of more than $1.3 billion in back taxes.  The average federal scofflaw owes $8,700. When you add in retired Civilian and military employees, that number jumps to $3.3 Billion.

According to the Washington Post Article reporting the scofflaws, one of the biggest collection of scofflaws can be found within the organizations making our tax law, the legislature:

 The debt among Hill employees has risen at a faster rate than the overall tax debt on the government’s 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 Senate’s delinquent taxpayers and $15,498 among those working in the House.

But its not just congressional staffers who owe money.  Some of the most ironic examples of tax avoidance include the department of treasury, where the IRS sits $7.6 million, the FDIC $2.2 million, Stedman Graham Eric Holder’s Department of Justice who prosecutes tax scofflaws, $14.4 million and of course my personal favorite the Office of Government Ethics $75 thousand.

What the list below which shows delinquency by department, is that the people who are taking the money out of your pockets aren’t putting in their fair share.

Organization/Type of worker Number of delinquent employees Balance owed
to the IRS
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts 754 $ 11,808,236
Agriculture 2,265 $ 17,824,971
Air Force 5,817 $ 46,787,244
Armed Forces Retirement Home 14 $ 164,072
Army 11,330 $ 89,966,859
Broadcasting Board of Governors 56 $ 653,395
Civilian retirees 40,000 $ 454,938,448
Commerce 1,556 $ 22,246,314
Commission on Civil Rights 3 $ 2,537
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 13 $ 160,623
Consumer Product Safety Commission 12 $ 96,638
Corporation for National and Community Service 24 $ 108,202
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency 61 $ 420,776
Defense 4,454 $ 38,495,128
Education 163 $ 3,995,066
Energy 331 $ 4,899,649
Environmental Protection Agency 442 $ 5,862,994
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 84 $ 1,303,316
Executive Office of the President 41 $ 831,055
Export-Import Bank of the United States 10 $ 166,288
Farm Credit Administration 7 $ 17,290
Federal Communications Commission 58 $ 712,416
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 155 $ 2,249,326
Federal Election Commission 8 $ 115,747
Federal Housing Finance Board 4 $ 79,829
Federal Labor Relations Authority 7 $ 11,599
Federal Maritime Commission 3 $ 21,646
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 7 $ 25,662
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 5 $ 11,769
Federal Reserve System – Board of Governors 81 $ 1,076,733
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 4 $ 23,519
Federal Trade Commission 35 $ 363,579
General Services Administration 385 $ 4,646,308
Government Accountability Office 66 $ 704,485
Government Printing Office 158 $ 2,143,812
Health and Human Services 2,841 $ 37,327,491
Holocaust Memorial Museum 5 $ 42,872
Homeland Security 4,856 $ 37,012,174
Housing and Urban Development 421 $ 4,991,608
Institute of Museum and Library Services 3 $ 22,541
Interior 1,812 $ 12,684,470
International Boundary and Water Comm. 8 $ 6,879
International Trade Commission 12 $ 63,936
Justice 1,971 $ 14,350,152
Labor 463 $ 7,481,463
Merit Systems Protection Board 10 $ 126,398
Military active duty 28,853 $ 109,557,536
Military Reserves/National Guard 30,631 $ 219,525,138
Military retirees 84,034 $ 1,525,688,378
Millennium Challenge Corporation 9 $ 8,412
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 327 $ 3,854,072
National Archives and Records Administration 100 $ 341,061
National Credit Union Administration 17 $ 48,299
National Endowment for the Arts 7 $ 34,740
National Endowment for the Humanities 4 $ 79,279
National Labor Relations Board 43 $ 497,974
National Science Foundation 67 $ 588,764
National Transportation Safety Board 8 $ 70,469
Navy 6,841 $ 72,432,604
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 57 $ 1,099,897
Office of Government Ethics 3 $ 75,304
Office of Personnel Management 172 $ 2,367,268
Office of Special Counsel 6 $ 34,737
Other civilian 4,125 $ 37,921,682
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 3 $ 1,605
Peace Corps 31 $ 75,459
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 43 $ 334,211
Presidio Trust 10 $ 680,682
Railroad Retirement Board 31 $ 531,798
Securities and Exchange Commission 91 $ 1,030,485
Selective Service System 5 $ 68,163
Small Business Administration 249 $ 2,745,489
Smithsonian Institution 251 $ 2,226,791
Social Security Administration 1,920 $ 17,841,329
State 356 $ 3,259,502
Tennessee Valley Authority 292 $ 6,766,333
Transportation 1,328 $ 17,098,463
Treasury 1,204 $ 7,670,814
U.S. Agency for International Development 123 $ 1,104,009
U.S. House of Representatives 421 6,524,892
U.S. Postal Service 27,807 $ 283,365,996
U.S. Senate 217 2,774,836
U.S. Tax Court 4 $ 51,111
United States Access Board 3 $ 11,495
Veterans Affairs 12,013 $ 156,604,799
SOURCE: IRS | GRAPHIC: Karen Yourish and Kenneth W. Smith Jr. – The Washington Post

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