Federal workers owe big back tax bill

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A new report from the Internal Revenue Service shows that federal workers and those who have retired from careers with Uncle Sam owe over $3.5 billion in back taxes to the United States Treasury, an increase of over $200 million from a year earlier.

The IRS figures break down like this:

Current civilian federal workers – 113,805 owe $1.14 billion (up 6 percent from 2013)

Retired civilian federal workers – 50,825 owe $602 million (up 8.2 percent)

Active duty military – 20,608 owe $57.3 million (down 40 percent)

Military reserve/guard – 30,787 owe $164 million (down 9.3 percent)

Retired military – 91,677 owe $1.57 billion (up 12.5 percent)

The tax data was also broken down by departments and agencies in the Executive Branch. Some highlights:

Highest delinquency rate of an Executive Branch department – Housing and Urban Development at 4.74%, followed by the VA at 4.44%

Worst delinquency rate at large independent agencies – Smithsonian Institution at 6.04%, trailed by the Postal Service at 5.04%

Here is the full breakdown as provided by the House Oversight Committee:

 

Dept/Agency/Category Taxpayer
Count
Balance Owed Workforce Delinquency
Rate
Executive Departments
Department of Agriculture 2,523 $         19,874,660 95,917 2.63%
Department of the Air Force 6,585 $         57,727,894 186,468 3.53%
Department of the Army 11,582 $         91,086,904 281,806 4.11%
Department of Commerce 1,649 $         21,099,129 45,380 3.63%
Department of Defense 5,436 $         46,616,749 138,747 3.92%
Department of Education 185 $           2,455,613 4,195 4.41%
Department of Energy 315 $           3,312,108 14,992 2.10%
Department of Health and Human Services 3,609 $         50,458,953 84,588 4.27%
Department of Homeland Security 6,031 $         47,921,488 189,341 3.19%
Department of Housing and Urban Development 400 $           7,007,249 8,444 4.74%
Department of the Interior 1,941 $         12,096,635 69,955 2.77%
Department of Justice 2,635 $         25,276,690 113,240 2.33%
Department of Labor 554 $           6,388,865 15,940 3.48%
Department of the Navy 8,529 $         72,323,679 238,997 3.57%
Department of State4 388 $           5,941,005 12,694 3.06%
Department of Transportation 1,429 $         18,559,897 54,776 2.61%
Department of the Treasury 1,253 $         10,008,071 105,452 1.19%
Department of Veterans Affairs 15,476 $       161,975,675 348,724 4.44%
Large Independent Agencies (1,000 or more employees)
Broadcasting Board of Governors 48 $             385,891 1,571 3.06%
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 41 $             489,583 1,407 2.91%
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency 84 $             806,239 1,181 7.11%
Environmental Protection Agency 431 $           6,003,881 15,852 2.72%
Executive Office of the President5 45 $             459,692 1,823 2.47%
Federal Communications Commission 65 $           3,020,922 1,728 3.76%
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 135 $           2,120,301 6,874 1.96%
Federal Reserve System – Board of Governors 111 $           1,837,738 2,657 4.18%
Federal Trade Commission 28 $             162,645 1,161 2.41%
General Services Administration 448 $           5,846,746 11,501 3.90%
Government Accountability Office 83 $             779,510 3,191 2.60%
Government Printing Office 139 $           2,220,819 1,832 7.59%
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 344 $           4,555,151 17,691 1.94%
National Archives and Records Administration 113 $             706,413 3,045 3.71%
National Credit Union Administration 25 $             201,619 1,226 2.04%
National Labor Relations Board 46 $             504,161 1,588 2.90%
National Science Foundation 57 $             636,339 1,425 4.00%
Office of Personnel Management 142 $           1,942,507 4,977 2.85%
Peace Corps 23 $               44,068 1,001 2.30%
Securities and Exchange Commission 91 $             999,805 4,207 2.16%
Small Business Administration 251 $           4,769,820 4,549 5.52%
Smithsonian Institution 281 $           2,371,543 4,650 6.04%
Social Security Administration 2,516 $         26,109,917 64,684 3.89%
Tennessee Valley Authority 320 $           2,851,833 11,542 2.77%
U.S. Agency for International Development 178 $           1,547,307 3,804 4.68%
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 93 $             847,752 2,217 4.19%
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission 76 $             880,930 3,871 1.96%
U.S. Postal Service 30,983 $       344,931,047 615,352 5.04%
Medium Independent Agencies (100-999)
Armed Forces Retirement Home 20 $               81,042 291 6.87%
Commodity Futures Trading Commission 19 $             150,475 656 2.90%
Consumer Product Safety Commission 15 $             134,632 527 2.85%
Corporation for National and Community Service 13 $               84,551 660 1.97%
Export-Import Bank of the United States 9 $             130,741 424 2.12%
Farm Credit Administration 5 $               44,453 281 1.78%
Federal Election Commission 7 $               13,428 329 2.13%
Federal Housing Finance Agency 18 $             135,598 735 2.45%
Federal Labor Relations Authority 3 $                     869 141 2.13%
Federal Maritime Commission 6 $               49,392 111 5.41%
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 10 $               25,820 226 4.42%
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 7 $             138,247 194 3.61%
Int’l Boundary and Water Comm: U.S. and Mexico 4 $               40,445 237 1.69%
Merit Systems Protection Board 4 $             113,197 218 1.83%
Millennium Challenge Corporation 7 $               63,448 286 2.45%
National Endowment for the Arts 5 $             166,909 163 3.07%
National Endowment for the Humanities 8 $               46,393 182 4.40%
National Transportation Safety Board 8 $               78,427 416 1.92%
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 7 $               93,196 238 2.94%
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 48 $             391,457 968 4.96%
Presidio Trust 8 $             148,988 313 2.56%
Railroad Retirement Board 27 $             167,692 917 2.94%
Selective Service System 7 $             105,926 175 4.00%
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 5 $             280,626 172 2.91%
U.S. International Trade Commission 10 $               41,019 401 2.49%
Small Independent Agencies (between 25 and 100 employees)
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 3 $                 9,159 84 3.57%
Institute of Museum and Library Services 4 $                 5,810 92 4.35%
Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National
Environmental Policy Foundation
3 $                 5,679 42 7.14%
National Capital Planning Commission 3 $                 1,049 35 8.57%
National Mediation Board 3 $               44,838 44 6.82%
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights 5 $                 9,540 41 12.20%
Valles Caldera Trust 3 $                 3,282 63 4.76%
Other 4,253 $         39,765,584
Legislative and Judicial
U.S. House of Representatives 501 $           6,714,852 9,935 5.04%
U.S. Senate 224 $           2,087,582 6,418 3.49%
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts 776 $         11,825,376 33,766 2.30%
Total Civilians: 113,805 $   1,141,622,621 2,851,010 3.99%
Military
Active Duty Military 20,608 $         57,313,208 1,457,110 1.41%
Military Reserve/Guard 27,750 $       164,896,261 1,147,693 2.42%
Retirees
Civilian Retired 50,825 $       602,698,872 2,029,508 2.50%
Military Retired 91,677 $   1,572,672,518 2,271,332 4.04%
Grand Total: 304,665 $ 3,539,203,480 9,756,653 3.12%
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