Federal contractors owe more than $3 billion in taxes. The Government Accountability Office cites "abusive and potentially criminal activity" among approximately 33,000 federal contractors who have already cashed their checks.
One contractor that furnishes temporary workers to the Department of Housing and Urban Development has owed back taxes for nearly two decades, simply closing businesses and starting new ones when the bills get too high.
The Senate Governmental Affairs' permanent subcommittee on investigations will review the data today. On Thursday some senators urged the federal government to avoid doing business with tax-deadbeat contractors.