Back Taxes Owed by Members of Congress
The total amount owed by government employees in all agencies totals $2.53 billion. This amount does not include any amounts owed for which an installment agreement has been entered into.
"Our system of taxation relies on voluntary compliance," Charles O. Rossotti, Commissioner of the IRS, wrote in a letter to heads of the various agencies. "Tax delinquency among federal employees can damage the credibility of the tax administration system. If the public perceives that federal employees do not maintain the highest level of tax compliance, public confidence in government will suffer."