House Committee Approves Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act

By Emma Koch

House Committee Approves Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (www.incnow.tv) -- Legislation that would require the firing of federal employees who are "seriously tax delinquent" was approved by the House Oversight an Government Reform Committee Wednesday.

The Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2013, introduced by Representative Jason Chaffetz (Utah-R), would require federal employers to terminate the employment of any workers who have outstanding federal tax debt where a notice of lien has been publicly filed.

Representative Chaffetz cited figures that say more than 100,000 federal employees owe more than $1 billion in federal taxes.

Elijah Cummins (Maryland) opposed the bill because he says it will demonize federal workers "rather than ensure their compliance with tax obligations", according to The Washington Times.

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