House of Representatives

Kiger Passes Bill Protecting State Employees Who Owe Back Taxes

3/3/2020 12:03:00 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Lundy Kiger (R-Poteau) today secured the passage of a bill that would require garnishment of wages for state employees who failed to file state income taxes instead of termination of employment.


House Bill 3068 passed the House by a vote of 92-0.


Kiger said the bill was a request by the Oklahoma Public Employees Association.


“The intent of this bill is to provide compliance of any past state income taxes owed to the state by the employee,” Kiger said. “An example would be a state employee that failed to file state income taxes for a quarter before becoming a state employee, or if an employee had a spouse that failed in the past to file state taxes.”


Kiger said under his legislation, the state employee would now be subject to having their wages garnished like all other Oklahomans instead of being subject to a lengthily discipline process that involves written documentation to the employee and requires time from the Oklahoma Tax Commission to the state agency for which the employee works.


“There are many examples of why these changes are needed,” Kiger said. “This also includes, for example, clerical errors in taxes owed or someone prior to state employment not making enough money to file with the state and that later shows up in the employee’s history. This bill will get taxes owed to the state to be paid quicker.”


The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration where the Senate author is Sen. Dewayne Pemberton (R-Muskogee).