More than 279,000 federal employees, including members of the military, collectively owed approximately $3.42 billion in unpaid taxes as of Sept. 25, 2010, up 3.26 percent from the prior year, according to a recently released report from the Internal Revenue Service.

The annual Federal Employee/Retiree Delinquency Inventory showed that among them are 36 aides to President Obama, according to ABC News, who collectively owed $833,970.

Congress too had its share of tax delinquents, with 217 employees at the Senate owing a total of $2,134,501, while 467 employees at the House owed $8,535,974.

The U.S. Postal Service was the agency with the most employees with delinquent taxes. There 25,640 employees owed close to $270 million, according to Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP. The military came came next, with 29,482 members of the active duty milirary owing over $111 million, and 31,299 members of the military reserve and National Guard owing $228,836,638.

At the Environmental Protection Agency, 413 people owed $19,473,477, while at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., 185 employees owed $3,155,313.

At the Treasury Department, home of the IRS, 1,181 employees had delinquent taxes amounting to $9,303,278. At the Justice Department, 2,069 employees owed $17,662,076 in back taxes. Five employees at the U.S. Tax Court owed $62,508.

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