Washington radio station WTOP has reported that the federal government is still chasing down nearly $2.8 billion in taxes from its own employees.Based on documents obtained by the station through Freedom of Information Act requests, WTOP reported this week that more than 450,000 active and retired federal employees did not voluntarily comply with federal income tax requirements for the 2005 tax year.

About one-third of the delinquent employees have entered into a payment plan, but the collective outstanding total is still upwards of $2 billion. The percentage of federal employees who still owe back taxes is 3.3 percent of the workforce, including retirees, still significantly lower than the noncompliance rate for the general public, which usually falls close to 15 percent.

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