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  • The Ruling Class Doesn’t Like Paying Taxes, Either

    Government employees owe $3.3 billion in back taxes, CNBC reports.

    According to Heritage Foundation fellow James Sherk, the typical federal worker “receives 22 percent more in wages than an equally skilled private sector worker … .” And, says Sherk, when both wages and benefits are toted up, federal workers are overpayed by $40 billion to $50 billion per year.

    You’d think they would be able to pay their taxes.

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    9 Responses to The Ruling Class Doesn’t Like Paying Taxes, Either

    1. Bobbie says:

      Reprimand with interest to clear up the debt..

    2. George Colgrove, VA says:

      Out of all the abuses the federal employees have done to the American people, this is by far the worse example of their disregard to the very people that fund their high pay and benefits. Why there is not a law or a regulation that would force the termination of a federal employee who does not pay their taxes escapes me. Feds should be held as an example. Federal employees’ first line of defense for their jobs is that they work for the government to serve the people. This is not an example of that. The average federal employee owes back taxes to the amount of over $1,300. Truth be told the delinquent federal employee owes more like $16,000 – if the percentage of delinquent federal employees is around 8% or so as the delinquency tables show. We are talking about 100,000's of federal employees.

    3. John Schmitt, Washin says:

      According to the article cited: "The biggest group, though, is retired military personnel. That group owed more than $1.5 billion dollars." That is almost half of the total.

      The article also seems to suggest that much of the problem is just related to processing delays: "And the IRS spokesman said much of this money could well be paid back in time as the delinquencies work their way through the system."

    4. Dennis Georgia says:

      Why should we think any such? They all work for the union, which owns obama and the dems.

    5. Jill, California says:

      If the typical federal worker receives 22% more in wages than do equally skilled workers in the private sector, why aren't they paying 22% more in taxes?

    6. Jill-Maine says:

      How in the world do people get to owe taxes. The government grabs more than I need to pay every year and then they send the balance back to me after I do my income taxes. I don't have the luxury of hanging onto my money. Something is wrong with this. Doesn't the employer take it out of their check?

    7. gdavis, MN says:

      As a federal employee in the same career field as my husband who works in the private sector, I make $23,000 per year LESS than he does. That's my choice, but I get pretty tired of seeing ALL federal employees lumped into the "Overpaid" group. Some of us are in career fields where we make significantly less and we pay out the nose in federal and state taxes. Even with 2 kids and mortgage interest we claim married zero and pay over $200.00 per pay period extra to cover our federal tax bill. My point? Please quit making every federal employee out to be a lazy, overpaid tax cheat.

    8. George Colgrove, VA says:

      John Schmitt

      “And the IRS spokesman said much of this money could well be paid back in time as the delinquencies work their way through the system.”

      The problem here is that if you search this topic, this has been an ongoing problem since the 1990's. That article is nothing more than an update. I think these feds know they can get away with it. How many federal employees actually are convicted of anything? This year alone we have read countless articles where federal employees with high security clearances no less were let of the hook on crimes from downloading child porn to federal employees in the FBI faking terrorist threats.

      The federal government is out of control – with just about everything from wild spending sprees to this kind of tax evasion. 2010 could be remembered as a year where federal corruption was displayed out in the open and a year where American’s have lost their liberty to that government.

    9. Barb, Maryland says:

      If they make 22% more in wages, does this mean that they work 22% harder? Usually, federal jobs are "cushy" jobs. On another note, I agree with Jill from CA. Do they pay 22% more taxes than the average Joe's in that work in the private sector? Nope. The rich continue to get rich and the poor continue to suffer. Historically speaking though, this has always been the issue, hasn't it? Just a thought.

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