American Elephants


You’re Paying The Wages of Deadbeats. Make You Mad? by The Elephant's Child
March 31, 2013, 11:33 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Law, Taxes | Tags: , ,

One of my most frequent complaints is that the people in government think of the funds they have to expend as “government money.” They do not recognize it as the fruit of the labors of the rest of us, the money we didn’t have to buy those new shoes, the trip we didn’t get to take, the new appliance we decided would have to wait.

Most taxpayers file accurate tax returns and pay the taxes they owe on time. But figures show that more than 100,000 federal employees owe more than $1 billion in federal taxes. What they get to spend is “government money,” what they are supposed to pay — they will just put off. We have had some examples from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and others who have had to quickly pay up before assuming office. That is really setting a bad example.

Apparently federal employees not only don’t have to pay their taxes, they don’t always have to actually go to work, or work at all. A House committee has introduced legislation that would require the firing of government workers who are “seriously tax delinquent.” We need a definition of “seriously.” Democrats on the committee opposed the bill.

According to Washington DC radio station WTOP, about 312,000 employees owe the government a total of $3,519,410,517  in unpaid 2011 taxes.( A surprisingly large number of them in the White House). The number has increased by more than 11 percent since  2011. The number of delinquent civilian taxpayers is the highest since 2005. Roughly 9.8 million people work for the federal government. Now we learn that — not only are they not paying their taxes — they aren’t going to work either.

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“The number of delinquent civilian taxpayers is the highest since 2025.”

I think you probably mean 2005?

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Comment by Subsidy Eye

Yes, thanks. I proofread, apparently badly. I’ve been putting off filling my new glasses prescription. Perhaps these two things go together?

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Comment by The Elephant's Child

No need to get a prescription. If you can read this, you’re OK:

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Comment by Subsidy Eye

Hmm, was supposed to be in the shape of a triangle.

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