Blowing Off Debts or Taxes Will Cost You Your Security Career

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As noted in previous articles and blog posts, it is well established that financial issues remain the number one reason for a security clearance denial. Why? Common sense and historical experience have shown that financial difficulties may increase temptation to commit illegal or unethical acts as a means of gaining funds to meet financial obligations.…

Interesting . . . I know of a PR case where the applicant had not filed federal taxes in ten years. The situation was blamed on their spouse and they filed before their hearing. But, I find it difficult to believe that the applicant went ten years without filing and didn’t know. The spouse did contracting work and I don’t know if he was receiving 1099 all those years but the applicant was receiving W-2 wages and those would have been reported to the IRS each year. It seems likely that their mailbox was filled with IRS notices.

The applicant in that case, retained clearance after a hearing.