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Letter: Federal employees are tax dodgers

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Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 2:41 pm

The Week magazine recently published a very interesting article titled, "Tax dodgers on the federal payroll: By the numbers."

It notes that nearly 100,000 government employees owe more than $1,000,000,000 in unpaid taxes for last year alone! That's one-billion-dollars, people!

Does this strike anyone besides me as a bit peculiar?

You might ask, are any of them still receiving their full paychecks?

Do you wonder as I do, who has been conveniently ignoring this big problem? The IRS maybe?

As it turns out these numbers include:

$265 million owed by civilian employees of the Pentagon, Air Force, Army and Navy.

$111 million owed by nearly 30,000 active duty military personnel.

$10.6 million owed by 684 congressional staffers.

$9.3 million owed by nearly 12,000 treasury department

employees.

And this is but a small portion of the more than $114 billion owed our government in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest by ALL Americans!

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is pushing a bill that would allow tax dodgers to be fired for not paying their taxes.

He notes, "That's totally unacceptable and disrespectful."

He also added, "If you're on the federal payroll, the very least you can do is pay your taxes."

I couldn't agree more and hope those of you who also find this astonishing and beyond belief will write your Congressmen or Congresswomen and show your support for this bill!

Rod Livdahl

Mesa

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