In a recent announcement, the IRS notified all taxpayers that outside collection of past-due tax bills is now beginning in mid-April 2017. This is a direct result of Congressional action in late 2015 requiring the IRS to turn over to outside companies billions in uncollected taxes it is no longer pursuing. This will impact all of us. Here is what you need to know.
Turn up your scam alert. Rest assured the tax-related identity theft epidemic is going to hit a new high as scam artists now will try to impersonate collection agencies. Never pay a collection agency directly for any tax owed. If you do not think you owe money to the IRS, ask for help.
Only four agencies have been authorized. Only four collection agencies have been authorized to collect unpaid taxes for the IRS. They are:
- ConServe, of Fairport, New York
- Pioneer, of Horseheads, New York
- Performant, of Pleasanton, California
- CBE Group, of Cedar Falls, Iowa