Justice Dept. Personnel Owe $14M in Taxes

Sunday, 12 Sep 2010 12:58 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
As Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama Department of Justice sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, apparently for the offense of enforcing duly enacted immigration laws, the nation’s chief law enforcement officer might end up having to devote time to cleaning up his legal bureaucracy’s own house.

Information provided to the Washington Post by the Internal Revenue Service shows that nearly 2,000 Justice Department employees collectively owe a total of $14,350,152 in federal taxes for 2009. That's more than three times what 638 congressional staffers owe (more than $9 million) to the IRS, and it dwarfs the $831,000 owed by 41 White House officials.

And can the Justice Depasrtment be credible in carrying out its mission when some 1,971 Justice Department workers, who take a salary from U.S. taxpayers, haven’t paid taxes they themselves owe?

With its $25 billion budget, the Justice Department is a large federal agency, with a Criminal Division, Tax Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the FBI and many other divisions. Still, Justice is conspicuous in its employees proportionately stiffing Uncle Sam in comparison with other federal agencies.

For example, the Securities and Exchange Commission, where you might expect to find lots of well-connected financial experts playing fast and loose with the tax laws, has only 91 employees who owe taxes, totaling about $1 million.

The huge State Department employs only 356 people who owe, and their debt to the IRS totals less than $3.3 million. About 1,200 Treasury Department workers owe taxes, coming to about $7.7 million. And the gargantuan Department of Health and Human Services, whose workforce of 65,000 and $700 billion budget exceed those of the entire governments of most foreign countries, has 2,841 workers who owe taxes, with a collective bill of $37.3 million.

Both the left and the right have criticized the Justice Department in the past for misconduct. The Bush administration, in particular former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, was blasted by liberal Democrats in Congress for allegedly using political criteria in the firing of U.S. attorneys.

And former Republican Sen. Fred Thompson, in his book “Government At the Brink,” charged that “One overriding problem is that DOJ does a poor job of explaining what is it trying to accomplish and what it actually is accomplishing with the tax dollars entrusted to it.”

Accusing the Bush Justice Department of wasting government resources, Thompson noted that the Government Accountability Office “could not determine what Justice achieved because of DOJ’s lack of meaningful performance measures.”

Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and House Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Lamar Smith of Texas have blasted the Obama Justice Department for pouncing on Arizona, yet going soft on so-called “sanctuary cities.” Those localities defy the law by refusing to inform immigration authorities when they discover illegal aliens among their residents. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, of which Smith was the chief author, requires localities to provide information on illegals to federal authorities.

© All Rights Reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Michigan to Drug-Test Some Suspected Welfare Recipients

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 22:07 PM

Some of Michigan's welfare recipients will be drug-tested if they're suspected of using drugs, under a year-long pilot p . . .

Experts: Cuomo Ban Means Fracking Boom Will Bypass NY

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 20:55 PM

Voters in New York overwhelmingly support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement last week that he was imposing an indefinite  . . .

Former President Bush Spends Fourth Night in Texas Hospital

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 19:19 PM

Former US president George H.W. Bush is spending a fourth night at a Texas hospital Friday after experiencing breathing  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved