The outsourcing is due to a law passed by Congress in 2015 - not a decision by the IRS.
So here's how it's going to work: To start, the IRS is turning over 100 taxpayers per week to four private debt collectors.
The program will begin this week with a few hundred taxpayers receiving mailings and subsequent phone calls, with the program growing to thousands a week later in the spring and summer.
It's also counterproductive to hamstring the very agency that collects 93 percent of the revenue that keeps our country running.
The IRS will notify taxpayers by mail if it is turning their case over to a private debt collector. "Once referred to one of the partnering agencies, a notice will be sent directly from the approved contractor to the taxpayer", with the collecting firm identifying itself as a contractor for the Department of Revenue.
"It has high hurdles to be reached", she said. A particularly valuable credit, if your income is low enough to qualify, is the Earned Income Tax Credit, which might shrink your taxable income by more than $6,000. Taxpayers who cannot meet the April tax filing deadline can also use IRS Free File (with no income restrictions) to request an automatic six-month extension until Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
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"It has become clear that the IRS, like all agencies trusted with the American people's most sensitive personal information, needs to step up its game", he said. As the report says, "If tax compliance were an industry, it would be one of the largest in the United States".
Callers worked off scripts posing as agents for the IRS or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You'll still owe interest and possibly penalties on the unpaid tax, but you'll limit the penalties assessed by filing your return on time, and you may be able to work with the IRS to pay the remaining balance (options may include installment payments).
Murphy offered several tips to detect con artists. Private debt collectors will not ask and can not accept credit card information over the phone. This comes after a wave of phone calls saying IRS has an arrest warrant out for someone, or is filing a lawsuit.
The IRS also encourages taxpayers to visit the Help and Resources https://www.irs.gov/help-resources page as well as Let Us Help You pages on IRS.gov for quick answers and faster service. The program will automatically transfer information from last year's return. But it sparked a political and ideological debate over the value of public employees and government privatization.
The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents IRS employees, has been a strong opponent of private debt collection. They were joined by some Democrats in Congress.
"This continued budgetary onslaught can only result in the agency increasingly being unable to provide basic customer service to taxpayers, much less safeguard taxpayer data from cyber criminals who would wreak havoc with their financial livelihoods", Wyden wrote. If Uncle Sam owes you money, make sure you get all of it back.
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In many cases, no.
"I think we've learned some things from the last iteration".
Only four private groups are participating in this program: CBE Group of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Conserve of Fairport, N.Y.; Performant of Livermore, Calif.; and Pioneer of Horseheads, N.Y. The taxpayer's account will only be assigned to one of these agencies, never to all four.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a former chair of the Senate Finance Committee, has disputed the Taxpayer Advocate's analysis, arguing that it was not a fair accounting.
Martindale said, "A private collector who's collecting on behalf of the federal government has more powers than if they were collecting on behalf of a bank for a credit card debt for example". Baroody said he's concerned the new policy will lead to a spike in threatening scam phone calls.
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