Last month, the federal government released the latest information about federal workers who are delinquent, or behind, in paying their federal income taxes. According to the IRS, the number of federal workers and federal worker retirees who owed back taxes rose by almost 12% in 2011. As of September 30, 2011 there were almost 312,000 federal workers and retirees who, together, owed the country more than $3.5 billion.
Some of the agencies with the most reported delinquencies included the Government Printing Office, with a delinquency rate of 7.7%, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which had a delinquency rate of 4.4%. Overall, the IRS reports that most of the delinquent tax payers filed tax returns and either couldn’t pay the amount owed or were found to owe more during an IRS audit.
While these numbers may seem high, the rate of delinquency among federal workers is still better than the rate among the general public. According to the IRS, approximately 3.2% of federal workers are delinquent on their income taxes, while about 8.2% of the general public is delinquent on federal income taxes.
The problems associated with not paying all income taxes due are not limited to federal workers. If you live in Oklahoma, and you have neglected to pay the full amount of federal or state tax that you owed, then it is important to find out more about your rights from an Oklahoma tax debt attorney. You can read more about your rights in our FREE article, Tax Problems Solved | Oklahoma Tax Debt Lawyer.