Back Taxes Owed By Federal Employees
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 @ 7:13PM
CFEG reports that it received information from the IRS pursuant to a FOIA request on February 23, 2015, seeking data and reports pertaining to the number of IRS employees who were terminated or disciplined for failing to file federal tax returns and for understating their federal tax liability as well as the amount of money federal employees owe in back taxes.
The IRS provided CFEG with charts containing data and information for the period between 2006 and 2014 showing the number of IRS employees in each year which underwent varying degrees of discipline for failing to file tax returns, understating federal tax liability, willful failure to file tax returns and willful understatement of tax. For example, IRS data reflects that in 2014 there were a total of 23 employees disciplined – 8 placed on probation and removed from probation; 2 reprimanded; 11 suspended for 14 days or less; and 2 suspended for more than 14 days. The number of employees disciplined over the period 2006-2014 totaled 425. With regard to willful understatement of tax in 2014 only 27 employees were disciplined – 6 placed on probation and removed from probation; 14 suspended for 14 days or less and 7 who were suspended for more than 14 days. The number of employees disciplined for willful understatement of tax over the period 2006-2014 totaled 453.
Other charts supplied by the IRS in response to CFEG’s FOIA request reflect the amount of money all federal employees (civilian, military and retired) owe in back taxes, excluding installment agreements over the period 2006-2014. For example, as of September 30, 2006 $2,111,311,830.00 was owed in back taxes. As of September 30, 2014 the amount owed in federal taxes by all federal employees (civilian, military and retired) was $3,539,203,480.00. Over a span of 8 years between 2006 and 2014 the amount of money owed in back taxes by federal employees grew by almost $1.5 billion dollars or 60%.