HUD, Government Printing Office Employees Most Likely to Be Behind on Taxes

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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 29: Cars drive past the Internal Revenue Service headquarters building in Washington, DC photographed on October 29, 2004. The IRS is investigating whether a speech by NAACP Chairman Julian Bond over the summer that criticized the Bush administration violated a federal law that prohibits tax-exempt charitable organizations from engaging in most forms of political activity.

Photographer: Matthew T. Cavanaugh

Employees at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Government Printing Office are among the federal workers most likely to be delinquent on their taxes, according to data released Tuesday by the government.

At HUD, 4.74 percent of employees are behind on their taxes, the highest of any executive department, though lower than the 5.04 percent rate among workers at the U.S. House of Representatives. The printing office, with a delinquency rate of 7.59 percent, was highest among large independent agencies.

Overall, 3.12 percent of federal workers were delinquent on their taxes, down from 3.27 percent a year earlier. The Internal Revenue Service in the past has estimated the delinquency rate for the broader U.S. population at between 8 percent and 9 percent.

Taxpayers considered delinquent are those who had a balance due to the IRS as of Sept. 30, 2014. Later in 2014, Congress changed the printing office’s name, and it is now known as the Government Publishing Office.

The agency with the best record is the Treasury Department, where a majority of workers are in the Internal Revenue Service and the tax delinquency rate is 1.19 percent. Unlike others in the government, IRS employees can be disciplined or fired for failing to comply with the tax code.

Some smaller agencies’ statistics can be skewed by a few employees. The National Capital Planning Commission, which has 35 employees according to the IRS report, has three delinquent employees for an 8.57 percent rate.