WASHINGTON - At a time when the White House is projecting the largest deficit in the nation's history, Uncle Sam is trying to recover billions of dollars in unpaid taxes from its own employees. Federal workers owe more than $3 billion in income taxes they failed to pay in 2008. According to Internal Revenue Service documents, 276,300 federal employees and retirees owe $3,042,200,000.
Based on the numbers above, the average amount of delinquent tax owed by a Federal empoyee is just over $11,000, not a small sum according to most people's standards.
I particularly liked this part of the story:
The agency with the most tax scofflaws is the U.S. Postal Service, with 28,913 employees who owe $297,933,756.
Maybe the checks got lost in the mail!