Federal Employees Not Paying Taxes
Updated: Tuesday, March 12 2013, 10:24 PM EDT
A new IRS report shows that federal workers are skipping on their taxes and owe more than $3.5 billion in back taxes.
The new report shows 312,000 federal workers and retirees missed paying their taxes on time in 2011, an uptick of about 12 percent compared to 2010.
Among executive departments, workers at housing and urban development have the high delinquency rate at 4.42 percent. Delinquency at the government printing office top 7.6 percent - the most of any large independent agency.
Congress and the White House are not immune. The Senate percentage is 3.3 and the house tops at 3.7.
Federal workers are not alone -- more than eight percent of the general population doesn't pay its taxes on time. But federal taxpayers that don't pay up and get away with it leaves many people angry.
Certified Public Accountant Max Highstein says non-compliant federal employees should face the same penalties the public often confronts for failing to pay state taxes.
"If you're an accountant, if you're a nurse, if you are a doctor, they will lift your license if you are not compliant or don't have an agreement with them. The federal government doesn't do that," Highstein said.
Under a proposed house bill, workers deemed 'seriously delinquent' would be ineligible for federal jobs.