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Nearly 108,000 feds are behind on their taxes

Mar. 13, 2013 - 03:03PM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments

The number of federal employees who were delinquent on their taxes increased sharply in 2011, according to IRS statistics.

As of September 2011, 107,658 feds were behind on their taxes — nearly 10 percent higher than the 98,291 feds who were tax-delinquent in 2010.

The rate of tax delinquency also increased, from 3.3 percent of the workforce in 2010 to 3.6 percent in 2012.

And while more feds fell behind on their taxes in 2011, the amount they owe declined 2 percent, from $1.03 billion to $1.01 billion.

The statistics do not include feds who have repayment plans with the IRS.

But federal employees are far more diligent about paying their taxes than the average U.S. citizen. The IRS says about 8.2 percent of the general population is behind on their taxes.

The delinquency rate for active-duty military members, reservists and National Guard members stayed about the same between 2010 and 2011. About 2 percent of active-duty members were behind on their taxes both years, as were roughly 2.4 percent of reservists and Guard members.

But the delinquency rates for both federal and military retirees increased. The rate for federal retirees increased from almost 2 percent to 2.5 percent between 2010 and 2011, and military retirees’ delinquency rate went from 3.8 percent in 2010 to 4.3 in 2011.

In total, more than 311,000 federal civilians, military service members and retirees owed $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes in 2011, a 2.9 percent increase over 2010.

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