IRS: 318,000 Federal Workers Owe $3.3 Billion In Back Taxes

WASHINGTON (May 23, 2014) More than 318,000 federal workers and retirees owe just more than $3.3 billion in back taxes, according to numbers the Internal Revenue Service released that show that nearly 3.3 percent of all 9.8 million federal workers and retirees are behind in their taxes.

That compares with at least 8.7 percent of all taxpayers the IRS estimates are delinquent.

Almost 4.1 percent of civilian government workers owe back taxes.

Among Cabinet-level departments, the highest rate of delinquency is at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 5.3 percent of whose employees are behind in payments.

Congress is not immune, either.

The IRS says 714 House and Senate employees owe taxes.

The IRS says that 1.7 percent of active duty military personnel are also overdue.

The figures are current as of Sept. 30., 2013.

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