I’m not going to weigh in on the spending cuts that the Republicans have identified. It’s a lengthy list, which means I’m sure there are some things I agree with, and some that I disagree with. But here’s one that stood out: Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees. $1 billion total savings.
Here are the facts, according to Richard Oppedisano, national secretary for the Federal Managers Association, who fears that proposed legislation in Congress goes to far attempting to collect delinquent tax bills:
“… [I]n 2008, federal employees, retirees, and active-duty and retired members of the armed services owed $3 billion in back taxes, former members of the military owed the largest portion of that amount — $1.3 billion. That year, 97,000 federal employees owed $962 million in unpaid taxes, Oppedisano said; that figure was down from 171,000 federal workers in 2007. He noted that almost 700 congressional staffers currently owe back taxes…”