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Fewer feds tax delinquent

Jan. 23, 2012 - 06:00AM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments

Federal employees' tax delinquency rate fell slightly in 2010, according to statistics provided by the IRS.

The IRS said 98,291 federal civilian employees were behind on their taxes as of Sept. 2010, which equated to a 3.33 percent delinquency rate. That is down from 99,036 tax-delinquent feds, or 3.35 percent of the total workforce, a year earlier.

But the amount of taxes feds owed increased nearly $32 million in 2010, to more than $1.03 billion.

The IRS said 2011 statistics are not available yet. Its statistics do not include feds who have entered into a repayment plan with the IRS.

When military service members, civilian retirees and military retirees are factored in, the total tax delinquency rate among government employees and retirees fell slightly in 2010, from 2.89 percent to 2.85 percent. The IRS said 279,381 total government employees were behind on their taxes in 2010, down 3,173 from 2009.

The total amount owed by government employees and retirees increased about $108 million, to $3.4 billion.

Although the number of government employees and retirees behind on their taxes fell in 2010, it was still higher than in 2008.

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