Government tax cheats

Sometimes you can almost understand when career ruling class bureaucrats like Charlie Rangel, John “Skipper” Kerry, and Tim Geithner get caught cheating on their taxes. After a lifetime of being treated like grand pooh-bahs, doing things that would put the average schlub behind bars, it’s only natural that they would feel that taxes are for the little people. That understanding feeling generally lasts about 3 microseconds…

Unfortunately this attitude appears to rub off on the apparatchiks that surround these pooh-bahs – you know, if the boss can do it, why can’t I? We work for the government, why should we pay taxes? This article (from the LA Times of all places) details that there’s a whole lotta cheatin’ goin’ on.

Over the years a lot of suspicion has built up across the country about Washington and its population of opportunistic transients coming to see themselves as a special kind of person, somehow above average working Americans who don’t labor down in that monument-strewn former swamp.

Well, finally, an end to all those undocumented doubts. Thanks to some diligent digging by the Washington Post, those suspicions can at last be put to rest.

They’re correct. Accurate. Dead-on. Laser-guided. On target. Bingo-bango. As clear as it’s always seemed to those Americans who don’t feel special entitlements and do meet their government obligations.

We now know that federal employees across the nation owe fully $1 billion in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

There are likely a myriad of excuses for this phenomenon. You know, like these people are just too busy and can’t possibly know all the details of government employment. Minor details, like paying your taxes, are easily forgotten. Yeah, right…

Privacy laws prevent release of individual tax delinquents’ names. But we do know that as of the end of 2009, 41 people inside Obama’s very own White House owe the government they’re allegedly running a total of $831,055 in back taxes. (AVG $20,269) That would cover a lot of special chocolate desserts in the White House Mess.

In the House of Representatives, 421 people owe a total $6,524,892 (AVG $15,498). In the Senate, 217 owe $2,774,836 (AVG $12,787). In the IRS’ parent department, Treasury, 1,204 owe $7,670,814 (AVG $6,371). At the Labor Department, where Secretary Hilda Solis’ husband had some back-tax problems before her confirmation, 463 owe $7,481,463 (AVG $16,158). Eighty-one workers for the Federal Reserve System’s board of governors owe $1,076,733 (AVG $13,293).

Over at the Justice Department, which is so busy enforcing other laws and suing Arizona, 1,971 employees still owe $14,350,152 (AVG $7,280) in overdue taxes.

Then, we come to the Department of Homeland Security, which is run by Janet Napolitano, the former governor of Arizona who preferred to call terrorist acts “man-caused disasters.” Homeland Security is keeping all of us safe by ensuring that a Dutch tourist is aboard every inbound international flight to thwart any would-be bomber with explosives in his underpants.

Within that department, there reside 4,856 people who owe the tax agency a whopping total of $37,012,174 (AVG $7,622).

Just a reminder, if you owe any money in back taxes, the IRS can, at the point of a gun, confiscate your assets and toss you in jail. Are government employees immune to prosecution by the IRS? Apparently so…

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One Response to “Government tax cheats”

  1. Americans don’t mind taxes — they hate tax loopholes…

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