USPS Threatening To Discipline Postal Employees Over Failure to Pay Local Tax ??

October 14, 2007 by
Filed under: letters to editor, postal employees, usps 

From PostalReporter.com reader: 

Local taxes: The USPS is threatening to discipline employees that don’t follow local tax codes.  States affected include Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

If you are subject to any of these local taxes, you must be proactive and complete and submit the proper taxation paperwork.  Frequent contact between the Postal Service, Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, and these taxing authorities indi­cates that many employees are not having the appropriate amounts withheld from their pay.  You are reminded that, as a Postal Service employee, you are personally responsible for ensuring that the correct local taxes are deducted from your pay.All Postal Service employees are reminded that they are bound by the materials contained within the Code of Ethics, Principles of Ethical Conduct for Government Officers and Employees.  This includes Principle 12, which states: “An employee shall satisfy in good faith their obliga­tions as citizens, including all just financial obligations, especially those — such as federal, state, or local taxes — that are imposed by law.”source:Postal Bulletin 10/11/07 Issue

Archive: Deadline Up for Postal Workers to Pay Off City Payroll Tax -[note: link is not active] (Paducah, Kentucky) 200 Postal Workers face prosecution over non-payment- Tuesday was the last day that Paducah postal workers could pay off payroll taxes they owed dating back to 2000 . Because Paducah has less than 500 Federal employees– Federal agencies are exempted by law from withholding Paducah payroll taxes. According to one clerk,” the local newspaper and TV reports made us all look like a bunch of “crooks & cheat’s”! They are expecting us (Postal employee’s) pay upon short notice.” The local APWU has hired an attorney and may work out some agreement with the city. (6/4/05)|

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  1. jackpot on Sun, 14th Oct 2007 12:06 pm
  2. I’m glad I did not work in those states mentioned but I thought federal employees were exempt from local taxes unless deducted from your paycheck. Is this some sort of head tax?

  3. ed on Sun, 14th Oct 2007 1:25 pm
  4. It is not a head tax,it is a local income tax (commonly called a wage tax).In Pennsylvania it is usually 1%.Everyone pays it on their earned income.Most employers deduct it along with the other deductions from employees paychecks.The Postal Service does not always make this deduction so some employees owe this tax out of pocket.Most settle up with their local municipality.Some take a chance and don’t pay,hoping that they won’t be caught.This is where the problem is.

  5. teaburner on Sun, 14th Oct 2007 4:19 pm
  6. Damn the King, burn the Tea

  7. POSTALPETE on Sun, 14th Oct 2007 7:16 pm
  8. File an EEO against Donahoe

  9. Dave on Sun, 14th Oct 2007 9:40 pm
  10. I live in Lehighton, PA and file a yearly earned income tax there, but I work in Bethlehem, PA. Do I have to pay 1% to them too?

  11. What a load of crap on Mon, 15th Oct 2007 5:56 am
  12. Does these states have a sales tax?

  13. Grapost on Mon, 15th Oct 2007 6:46 am
  14. The Code Of Ethics says taxes must be paid. But it doesn’t specify in WHAT WAY IT IS PAID!

    “An employee shall satisfy in good faith their obliga­tions as citizens, including all just financial obligations, especially those — such as federal, state, or local taxes — that are imposed by law.”source:Postal Bulletin

    There is more than one way to pay your local taxes OTHER than payroll deductions.

    I pay mine QUARTERLY. I do not have it deducted from my paycheck.

    The tax authority provides me with payment coupons and mailing labels for this.

    The is NO requirement to use payroll deductions to pay your taxes.

    Some people do not fill out a W-4 Form for payroll deductions for their Federal Income Taxes. The pay at the end of the year when they file their income tax return.

    The Postal Service is full of shit on this one.

  15. ed on Mon, 15th Oct 2007 2:18 pm
  16. Dave,
    You pay this tax to the municipality where you live.A few years ago Pittsburgh tried to implement a similar tax on people who worked there but didn’t live in the city.Luckily for the commuters it didn’t pass.Pittsburgh has one of the higher income tax rates in the state.Rather than the usual 1% they get 3%.They,like Philadelphia,also collect 7% sales tax rather than the 6% collected in the rest of the state.Pittsburgh was also the motivating factor behind raising the $10. occupational priviledge tax and turning it into the $52. emergency services tax.They just can’t seem to get enough of your money.

  17. Patriot on Mon, 15th Oct 2007 9:15 pm
  18. living in a republican controlled state (georgia) our taxes are low. Domocrap states deserve what they get!!!!

  19. D. IKE on Mon, 7th Apr 2008 12:08 am
  20. If anybody is interested, you can transfer to colorado Springs, colorado and go on light duty and not have to do anything. Hell, we have people that sleep and even the Plant Manager does’nt wake them up. If there were really a Gravy train, we would be at the front. We have a lot of room for Light Duty and they also get the additional advantage of telling the managers what they are going to do or not do. Sleeping in your car IS acceptable. The union will fight for you. It’s your right to do nothing…this place is a total scam..hahahahahaa free money