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Change: Capitol Hill Employees Owed $9.3 Million in Overdue Taxes

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By Doug Powers  •  September 10, 2010 09:47 AM

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There’s a reason this was the best selling software in Washington DC last year:

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In case you’ve ever wondered why so many on Capitol Hill don’t care about easing the tax burden, it’s because they just don’t pay them:

Capitol Hill employees owed $9.3 million in overdue taxes at the end of last year, a sliver of the $1 billion owed by federal workers nationwide but one with potential political ramifications for members of Congress.

The debt among Hill employees has risen at a faster rate than the overall tax debt on the government’s books, according to Internal Revenue Service data. It comes at a time when some Republican members are pushing for the firings of government workers who owe the IRS and President Obama has urged a crackdown on delinquent government contractors.

The IRS information does not identify delinquent taxpayers by name, party affiliation or job title and does not indicate whether members of Congress are among the scofflaws. It shows that 638 employees, or about 4 percent, of the 18,000 Hill workers owe money.

The average unpaid tax bill is $12,787 among the Senate’s delinquent taxpayers and $15,498 among those working in the House.

Reminds me of that joke commercial: “I just saved a ton of money by switching to no car insurance!”

Capitol Hill employees are now using the same 1040 SLEE-Z form that Obama cabinet officials and others used:

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(h/t Top of the Ticket)

**Written by Doug Powers

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