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House bill: Fire US workers who are deadbeats on their taxes

House bill: Fire US workers who are deadbeats on their taxes

Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 8:00 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to fire federal workers who are tax deadbeats passed the House on Tuesday in an attempt to confront a problem that showed little improvement in the past decade.
The bill is aimed at U.S. government workers who are seriously delinquent in their federal taxes, but would exempt those trying to work out their problems with the IRS.
The vote was 263-116 to send the bill to the Senate where its fate was uncertain.
Chief sponsor Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said there were 102,794 federal employees who were delinquent with their federal taxes 2004 and only a slight drop to 98,291 in 2010 — including some 700 congressional employees.
The cost to taxpayers rose from just under $600 million in 2004 to more than $1 billion by 2010, he added.
The bill would make those who are seriously delinquent ineligible for federal employment, whether they’re working for the government now or are applying for a job. Applicants would have to certify that they were not seriously delinquent and agencies would conduct periodic reviews of public records for tax liens.
Chaffetz said the bill would apply to “people who are just totally ignoring the law and … not living up to their obligation, not paying their federal taxes, There ought to be more of a consequence.” Published in The Messenger  8.1.12

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