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Be Aware – The IRS is Planning to Use Private Debt Collectors

Beginning as early as Spring 2017, the IRS will begin using private debt collectors to collect unpaid federal income taxes.

The selection of private debt collectors was in response to a law passed by Congress requiring the IRS to outsource tax debts if one of three conditions applies:

  1. more than one year has passed without any interaction between the taxpayer and IRS;
  2. one-third of the statute of limitations has lapsed and there is no IRS collector assigned; or
  3. the IRS is otherwise not working the debt due to lack of resources.

Experts have expressed concern that hiring private debt collectors will add to the problem of scam artists who pose as IRS collectors. Currently, the IRS has a policy of never calling to collect without first mailing a notice, and has urged consumers to ignore scam calls. When private collectors begin calling taxpayers regarding back taxes, it will add to the confusion and make consumers more vulnerable to these scams. Consumer advocate groups are seeking further protections, such as excluding from the program low-income taxpayers and those who owe taxes under the Affordable Care Act. Read more

A Debt Collector's Worst Nightmare

We all remember the scene in “Goodfellas” when Ray Liota is explaining the intricacies of a mafia-loan repayment plan. As he so eloquently puts it: “Business bad? Pay me. Oh, you had a fire? Pay me. Place got hit by lightning, huh? Pay me.” In the wake of the worst financial crisis since the great depression, debt collection agencies are springing up all across the country, buying up debt at pennies on the dollar. While some of these companies’ collection tactics are not quite as severe as the ones seen in “Goodfellas,” they are none-the-less illegal. Read more