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Bill calls for feds who owe taxes to be fired

Jason Miller | Executive Editor | FederalNewsRadio

March 04, 2010

Congressman Jason Chaffetz wants federal employees who don’t pay their taxes to be fired.

The Republican from Utah introduced a bill Wednesday and will offer it as amendment to legislation focused on vendors Thursday during a markup by the House oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“We have about 100,000 federal employees how are seriously delinquent and have tax debt that is just unaccepted,” Chaffetz says during a video on his Web site. “If you have that kind of tax debt and you do not pay your federal taxes you should be dismissed by the federal government.”

Chaffetz says the IRS fails to collect about $1 billion from federal employees each year.

“Pay your taxes if you are a federal employee or we will fire you,” Chaffetz says.

WTOP’s Mark Segraves reported in December that 276,300 federal employees and retirees owe more than $3 billion.

The Postal Service has a non-compliance rate of 3.95 percent compared to the federal average of 2.8 percent. Retired military personnel make up about 33 percent of the money owed with $1,343,538,055 in unpaid taxes for 2008.

Segraves reports that currently only at the IRS can an employee be fired for not paying federal taxes.

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