Congress Gets Earful From Watchdogs On IRS Private Debt Collection Program

Those pesky phone calls advising that you might owe taxes could be legit. A new law which goes into effect this year directs the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to hand over some unpaid tax bills to private agencies for collections. And while the IRS might not call you directly (remember, they’ve spent the better part of the past few years advising taxpayers that they won’t initiate contact by phone to collect past due taxes), those private collection agencies will – and that’s raising concerns about taxpayer privacy and increased scams.