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Tax Deliquency Among Federal Employees

We all remember how the Secretary of Treasury’s Senate confirmation was delayed because he hadn’t paid Social Security and Medicare taxes for several years while he worked for the International Monetary Fund. Well, it turns out he isn’t the only federal employee reluctant to pay his tax bill in full. A recent report by the Washington Post shows that in 2010, some 279,000 federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.4 billion in back income taxes, up from $2.7 billion in 2007. 

Interestingly, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has the largest percentage of people with tax delinquency issues, while U.S. Treasury Department has the lowest one (Geithner excluded?). The U.S. Office of Government Ethics’s delinquency rate is the 6th highest, at 6.81 percent. 

Military retired, civilian retired, and the U.S. Postal Service owe the most taxes in absolute terms. 

For a complete list, check out Time To Pay Your Taxes

Veronique de Rugy — Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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