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House passes Chaffetz bill that would fire federal employees who owe back taxes
House passes Chaffetz bill that would fire federal employees who owe back taxes

Published July 31, 2012

The House voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would fire federal employees for being tax deadbeats.

The bill, which was proposed by second-term GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, also would keep tax scofflaws from getting hired by the federal government in the first place.

It passed by a vote of 263 to 114 and will be sent to the Senate.

Federal civilian employees “draw their compensation and funds from the American taxpayers (so) they owe it to the taxpayers themselves to be compliant,” Chaffetz said. “Those that do not should be fired or lose funding.”

Chaffetz, R-Utah, cites IRS data that shows nearly 100,000 federal civilian employees owed $1 billion in unpaid federal income taxes in 2009. That number has remained fairly constant since 2004, but the amount owed has increased nearly 70 percent, from $599.8 million, according to the agency.

The bill specifically targets applicants with tax liens.

Those on a plan to repay back taxes or in negotiations with the IRS would be exempt from the proposed change. IRS employees already can be terminated for non-payment of federal income taxes.

In April 2011, the bill was passed out of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, of which Chaffetz is a member.

The bill would include those seeking federal contracts and grants, but exempts uniformed military personnel. In addition, federal agencies would be required to give 60 days notice before taking personnel action.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201.../#ixzz22JAF3xmN

My Comments: Now, lets see how the Obummer/Reid senate handles this one.

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08-01-2012 07:53 PM  9 years ago
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It will never make it to the Senate floor for a vote. To many liberals would lose their jobs. Besides, think of the spike it would cause in odombo's unemployment numbers. Hey, he could chalk these up in the jobs saved column.
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08-01-2012 07:58 PM  9 years ago
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The Obummer/Reid senate could very well pass that bill.

But, you can bet they will underwrite that bill to let all their buddies get off scot free. Then, of course the repubs in the senate will vote against it and Obummer/Reid will blame it on them.

Don't be a bit surprised.
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08-01-2012 08:49 PM  9 years ago
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It will never make it to the Senate floor for a vote. To many liberals would lose their jobs.
Both sides would lose their jobs. They all owe money.

The average unpaid tax bill is $12,787 among the Senate’s delinquent taxpayers and $15,498 among those working in the House.

The IRS does not list party affiliation to those that owe back taxes, but you can bet it is from both parties not just one.
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08-01-2012 08:52 PM  9 years ago
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The IRS does not list party affiliation to those that owe back taxes, but you can bet it is from both parties not just one.
If thats the case, then how are you going to back up that bet?

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08-01-2012 09:54 PM  9 years ago
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If thats the case, then how are you going to back up that bet?
With multiple articles, here is just one from a couple years ago.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/de...ndidate_ow.html

Ward 3 Republican candidate owes back taxes
Two sitting D.C. Council members owe income taxes to the the federal government. And if Republican David E. Hedgepeth can knock off Ward 3 incumbent Mary M. Cheh (D) next week, it could be three.

According to a lien filed with the D.C. Recorder of Deeds in April 2009, Hedgepeth and wife Justine H. Kenin owed $12,608.13 to the Internal Revenue Service at the time.

Should Hedgepeth win, he'd join a menagerie of politicos with various personal financial issues. Ward 8 Democrat Marion Barry and at-large independent Michael A. Brown also have outstanding federal tax bills; Barry has been subject to an ongoing criminal prosecution for unpaid income taxes. Another council member, at-large Democrat Kwame R. Brown, has been sued by creditors for nonpayment of debts.

"I've had some financial difficulty," Hedgepeth said today. "A lot of people have had financial difficulty lately."

Hedgepeth's issues date from before the current recession. The tax bills date back to 2006 and 2007; Hedgepeth explained in an interview today that he and his wife had worked out a payment plan with the IRS but fell behind, leading to the lien. "We are paying what we owe," he said, adding he expected to have the balance clear within a year and a half.

The matter is of some embarrassment to the D.C. Republican Committee, which has given Hedgepeth strong backing and has also criticized council members with personal financial issues. Ward 3 -- with about 7,900 registered Republicans, about a quarter of the party's citywide votes -- is considered the party's best chance to regain a seat on the council, which has not had a GOP member since Carol Schwartz's 2008 loss.

Hedgepeth, like the D.C. Republicans generally, has made fiscal responsibility part of his council platform, speaking out against the grocery-bag and soda taxes supported by Cheh.

"[W]e have little to show for the high taxes we pay because of the millions of dollars of waste and inefficiency in the system, and we cannot afford it," he writes on his Web site. "Is your family getting $21,000 in services? Dave will fight for a more effective and efficient government so that D.C. taxpayers can get more for their money."

Hedgepeth has been boosted in recent weeks -- first by the mayoral primary victory of Cheh-backed Vincent C. Gray and the subsequent departure of Michelle Rhee, who remains popular in Ward 3; then by the endorsement of the Washington Post's editorial board last week.

While canvassing outside the Tenleytown Metro stop today, Hedgepeth said, "a number of people wanted to talk to me; that hasn't always happened. ... They're happy they have a real choice in this election."
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08-02-2012 02:01 AM  9 years ago
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Well, there goes Obama's Whitehouse staff!Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!
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