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36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes

Pete Souza / White House (Obama addresses his White House staff, file)

Pete Souza / White House (Obama addresses his White House staff, file)

How embarrassing this must be for President Obama, whose major speech theme so far this campaign season has been that every single American, no matter how rich, should pay their "fair share" of taxes.

Because how unfair -- indeed, un-American -- it is for an office worker like, say, Warren Buffet's secretary to dutifully pay her taxes, while some well-to-do people with better educations and higher incomes end up paying a much smaller tax rate.

Or, worse, skipping their taxes altogether.

A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama's executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven't paid any share, let alone their fair share.

Previous reports have shown how well-paid Obama's White House staff is, with 457 aides pulling down more than $37 million last year. That's up seven workers and nearly $4 million from the Bush administration's last year.

Nearly one-third of Obama's aides make more than $100,000 with 21 being paid the top White House salary of $172,200, each. 

The IRS' 2010 delinquent tax revelations come as part of a required annual agency report on federal employees' tax compliance. Turns out, an awful lot of folks being paid by taxpayers are not paying their own income taxes.

The report finds that thousands of federal employees owe the country more than $3.4 billion in back taxes. That's up 3% in the past year.

That scale of delinquency could annoy voters, hard-pressed by their own costs, fears and stubbornly high unemployment despite Joe Biden's many promises.

The tax offenders include employees of the U.S. Senate who help write the laws imposed on everyone else. They owe $2.1 million. Workers in the House of Representatives owe $8.5 million, Department of Education employees owe $4.3 million and over at Homeland Security, 4,697 workers owe about $37 million. Active duty military members owe more than $100 million.

The Treasury Department, where Obama nominee Tim Geithner had to pay up $42,000 in his own back taxes before being confirmed as secretary, has 1,181 other employees with delinquent taxes totaling $9.3 million.

As usual, the Postal Service, with more than 600,000 workers, has the most offenders (25,640), who also owe the most -- almost $270 million. Veterans Affairs has 11,659 workers owing the IRS $151 million while the Energy Department that was so quick to dish out more than $500 million to the Solyndra folks has 322 employees owing $5 million.

The country's chief law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, has 2,069 employees who are nearly $17 million behind in taxes. Like Operation Fast and Furious, Attorney General Eric Holder has apparently missed them too.

As with ordinary people, the IRS attempts to negotiate back-tax payment plans with all delinquents, whose names cannot be released. But according to current federal law, the only federal employees who can be fired for not paying taxes are IRS workers.

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Posted By: Boston_Burglar(315) on 1/27/2012 | 11:45 AM ET

Swihart, did the article happen to mention IF GEORGE BUSH FOUND ANY OF THE $6.6 BILLION THAT HE REPORTEDLY LOST WHEN SHIPPING ALL OF THAT MONEY TO IRAQ, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE OCCUPATION ? Just wondering....

Posted By: czarrboro(12540) on 1/27/2012 | 10:38 AM ET

One more time for ya, PFred: Lesson in reading comprehension for the "Progressive" drones posting for the first and probably only time here: Malcom's thesis is that it ill behoves a president who is demanding people to pay their "fair" share of taxes to have assembled a staff that doesn't pay their taxes. Pennies-envy anyone? He's the boss and he DOES get the report. It's his Treasury department that assembles it. It is his fault and he deserves the blame.

Posted By: PFred(10) on 1/27/2012 | 10:27 AM ET

Another issue people aren't thinking about or maybe they are, there have been non-payers working in the gov. for a long, long time and more than likely, they were there before Obama was in office. We can't keep blaming him for every damn thing that happens or everything his employees do. Do you think he goes around and asks and they all voluntarily give up that information as to if they have or have not paid their taxes every year. Maybe they should have to report that to him.

Posted By: PFred(10) on 1/27/2012 | 10:08 AM ET

Regardless of the accuracy of this actual article, there are obviously some staff members who are far behind on paying their fair share. How many members of Congress are behind as well? I'm sure there are a good plenty. If it were an average Joe on the street who was that far behind in their taxes, they'd be penalized or doing jail time. Time to buck up and pay the piper!

Posted By: czarrboro(12540) on 1/27/2012 | 8:54 AM ET

Lesson in reading comprehension for the "Progressive" drones posting for the first and probably only time here: Malcom's thesis is that it ill behoves a president who is demanding people to pay their "fair" share of taxes to have assembled a staff that doesn't pay their taxes. Pennies-envy anyone?

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