SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in support of H.R. 4735, legislation proposed by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and co-sponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-California) to allow for the termination of federal government employees for failure to pay their federal income taxes:
“Clearly federal employees who are paid by us – the taxpayers – have a fundamental responsibility to pay their federal taxes. And if they don’t they should not be allowed to continue to draw a government paycheck. Willful nonpayment of federal income taxes is unacceptable, particularly when Americans across the country are struggling to pay taxes so federal employees can get their paychecks,” Fiorina said. “I support this measure, and I urge Congress to move forward with hearings on this important issue.”
The measure would extend to all federal government employees an existing Internal Revenue Service (IRS) policy that allows the agency to terminate its own employees who do not pay their income taxes. According to the federal government, 447 House employees and 231 Senate workers failed to pay taxes in 2008. House staff owed $5.8 million in unpaid taxes, and Senate staff owed $2.46 million in unpaid taxes last year. The IRS also reports that nearly 100,000 federal civilian employees together owed $962 million in unpaid federal income taxes in 2008.