Source: House passes Chaffetz bill that would fire federal employees who owe back taxes
The House passed a bill that would fire federal employees for being tax deadbeats. The bill would keep tax scofflaws from getting hired by the federal government in the first place.
This bill passed by a vote of 263 to 114 and will be sent to the Senate.
Chaffetz, R-Utah, cites IRS data that shows nearly 100,000 federal civilian employees owed $1 billion in unpaid federal income taxes in 2009. That number has remained fairly constant since 2004, but the amount owed has increased nearly 70 percent, from $599.8 million.
This bill would include those seeking federal contracts and grants, but exempts uniformed military personnel.