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February 11, 2012

February 11, 2012, Letters to the Editor: David Codney

A lot of money is owed

Well it’s tax time again and the IRS is getting ready to make sure everyone who is supposed to pays their fair share (at least some of us).

Our good president is adamant about how important it is that all Americans pay their taxes. One wonders if that applies to members of his administration, considering the number of federal employees has grown by 13 percent during his watch and they owe over $1 billion in back taxes.

As required, the tax man has notified Congress that 98,291 government civilian employees are severely delinquent in their taxes. When retirees and military personnel are included, the tax debt goes well above $3.4 billion.

Ironically the Office of Government Ethics has one of the highest delinquency rates at 6.5 percent and members of the U.S. Tax Court owe Uncle Sam $62,508. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve has 91 members who owe $1,265,152. There are 47 members of the National Labor Relations Board staff who are behind in their taxes. Employees in the Office of Personnel Management owe $1,917,149. Even the Security and Exchange Commission (the Wall Street Watchdogs) have members who owe $1,146,843 in back taxes. The Postal Service has 25, 640 members owing $269,641,265 and Social Security Commission members owe $20,144,559.

Not to be neglected, 467 staffers of the House of Representatives owe $8,535,974 and 217 staffers in the Senate owe $2,134,501. And last but not least, 36 in the Executive Office of the President owe $833,970.

Efforts to allow dismissal of civilian employees who are severely delinquent in their taxes are being fought by their unions.

Do you think that $3.4-plus billion would help reduce our national debt?

David Codney

Pierpont

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