Even federal government employees sometimes don’t pay their taxes.
The Internal Revenue Services this week released data showing that about 3.3 percent of federal employees and retirees owed $3.3 billion in unpaid taxes as of Sept. 30.
Much like private-sector taxpayers, the reasons fall into two categories: federal workers couldn’t pay the full amount when they filed a return, or they got hit by an IRS audit and were told they owed more than they paid.
The data was released after USA Today sought the information under the Freedom of Information Act.
At the low end of the range was the Treasury Department, which had a 1.2 percent non-compliance rate.
The IRS itself, which is part of the Treasury Department, had a delinquency rate of 0.9 percent, according to an agency spokesman.
The rate among the population at large is at least 8.7 percent, the IRS estimates.
Among large independent federal agencies, with at least 1,000 employees, the biggest offender was the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (8.05 percent), followed by the Government Printing Office (7.99 percent), the Smithsonian Institution (6.7 percent) and the Federal Reserve’s board of governors (6.51 percent).