Proposed Bill Attacks Government Employees for Tax Problems

Even those working directly for the government may need assistance from an IRS tax attorney.

The House of Representatives faced a harsh bill this past Tuesday – its purpose: to fire government employees who are behind on their taxes. In an attempt to solve a problem that has not faced much improvement over the past ten years, the bill aims at U.S. government workers who are seriously delinquent in their federal taxes; however, it would not affect those who are trying to work out their problems with the IRS, through the assistance of tax lawyers or by other means.

The necessity for the bill stems from the fact that the cost to taxpayers rose from near $600 million in 2004 to over $1 billion in 2010. There were 102,794 federal employees who were delinquent in 2004 and 98,921 in 2010. This includes around 700 congressional employees. Another IRS report included employees from the Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, and the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

The bill would make those who are seriously delinquent ineligible for federal employment whether they are already working for the government or are applying for a job. Agencies would conduct periodic reviews on each individual to review public records for tax liens. It would make government employment for those who have put their taxes on the backburner basically impossible.

The vote was 236-116, sending the bill to the Senate. The fate is still speculative. Many representatives are still up in the air on their opinions toward the case.

Some representatives find the bill unnecessary as the IRS can levy penalties on individuals of up to 15% of wages until the tax debt is satisfied. While others believe that the bill is mandatory as it involves $1 billion in uncollected taxes that needs to be resolved as soon as possible.

Regardless of where the bill goes, it is evident that even those who work for the government have a difficult time paying their taxes. Although they may be tarnishing the reputation of the federal workforce, it is not just federal taxpayers who suffer from tax problems. As career positions everywhere may be subject to future scrutiny, it is important that all taxpayers make attempts to solve their problems with the IRS. For assistance, call a knowledgeable tax lawyer for assistance today.

 

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