The following is from an April 15th press release from NC Congresswoman Virginia Foxx.
TAX DAY NEWS: Foxx cosponsors bill to allow firing of tax dodging federal employees
Bill allows for firing of federal workers who refuse to pay taxes
Washington, DC—Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05) has cosponsored a bill that gives the federal government the ability to fire federal employees who refuse to pay their income taxes. Nearly 100,000 active federal employees owe $962 million in unpaid taxes, according to the IRS.
“The vast majority of federal workers are paying their taxes and abiding by the law,” Foxx said. “But this tax season there are some federal employees who enjoy taxpayer funded jobs and refuse to pay their fair share. This must stop.”
Under current law, only the federal agency that can fire employees who do not pay their taxes is the IRS. This legislation, H.R. 4735, allows other federal agencies to do the same.
H.R. 4735 allows federal agencies to fire employees who are seriously delinquent tax dodgers. The bill only applies to those federal workers who are serial offenders and refuse to pay their taxes. Federal employees who may be slightly behind on their taxes or are working with the IRS to pay their tax bills will not be affected.
“Prevention is the best medicine,” Foxx said. “This bill prevents future tax cheating by halting the practice of allowing tax-dodging federal employers to duck and cover. In the future, potential tax dodgers will know that federal employers will be held to high standards and expected to pay their fair share.”