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Capitol Hill Workers Owed $9.3M in Back Taxes in 2009
They should be fired, critics say
By Emily Rauhala, Newser User
Posted Sep 10, 2010 8:24 AM CDT
The tax man is coming...   (Sutterstock)

(Newser) – The IRS doesn't have to go far to track down tax scofflaws: Capital Hill employees owed $9.3 million in overdue taxes at the end of last year, reports the Washington Post. And while their debt is only a sliver of the $1 billion owed by all federal workers, according to IRS data Hill employees' tax debt is rising at a faster rate than overall tax debt. All told, 638 people, or about 4% of employees, owe money. The average for Senate delinquents: $12,787. For those in the House: $15,498.

"If you're on the federal payroll and you're not paying your taxes, you should be fired," says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah. Earlier this year, he introduced legislation to do just that. But he may have trouble tracking down the culprits: The IRS data does not identify delinquent taxpayers by name or party affiliation.

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Sep 10, 2010 9:05 AM CDT
They should be treated the same as anyone else who owes overdue taxes. There is no reason they shouldn't get the same due process as any American citizen. Remember, this is what the IRS says they owe and it includes everyone who is contesting or appealing an IRS decision. If you believe that the IRS is never wrong, then sure fire these staffers -- and anyone else the IRS says owes money. Of course, if you believe the IRS is never wrong, you have bigger problems to worry about, like the fragile state of your mental health.
Sep 10, 2010 8:32 AM CDT
What difference does party affiliation make? If they are on the federal payroll either pay-up, take it out of their wages, or fire them and send bring them to court and jail if necessary - this should be a no-brainer. Why protect these people?