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Inquiring minds want to know just which federal employees aren't paying their taxes. As I mentioned yesterday, one way of parsing the IRS debt numbers revealed that Capitol Hill workers top the unpaid tax list.

But as the old saying about figures and liars (c'mon; even though I loved my years in the nation's capital, you knew I had to use that phrase in talking about Washington, D.C.!), there are many ways to crunch numbers.

The Washington Post's Post Politics feature provides a breakout of federal workers -- by category, not name -- who owed money to the IRS in 2009.

Irs shakedown Leading in unpaid taxes are military retirees, who owe a collective total of more than $1.5 billion. The exact amount is $1,525,688,378.

Federal civilian retirees are a distant second in the tax debt department with $454,938,448 overdue at the IRS.

Those two retiree sectors also led in the number of folks who haven't paid all their taxes. There are 84,034 military pensioners and 40,000 civilian retirees who still owe federal tax money.

Kind of makes the Senate employees' $2,774,836 and the House staffers' $6,524,892 tax debts look paltry. I said "kind of."

Forty-one folks working in the Executive Office of the President owe Uncle Sam a total of $831,055.

And no department is safe.

I love that 66 employees of the Government Accountability Office are not accountable for a combined tax debt of $704,485.

Check out the Post's interactive tax debtor table. You can sort by department/debtor group, number of nonpayers and total amount of money owed the IRS.

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Short answer is "no." Tax privacy laws protect everyone. Public officials, like the president/veep and candidates for offices, can choose to waive their tax privacy rights and make their tax info public, but we can't make them. I understand the outrage, but I support the tough "no-tell" policy ... just in case someone wants to know what a tax blogger's returns look like! ;-D

Daniel Stoica

They are/were public officials!

Do we have the right to know names and specific $$$ owed by each?


I think it's important to make sure that I get my taxes done on-time and in the proper way. Unfortunately, I'm no tax expert. If anyone else prefers to leave their finances up to the experts I suggest they check out The Tax Club

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