May 01, 2017

Private Collection of Unpaid Taxes Begins

Eric J. Gould

Reprinted with permission from the ABA Health Law Section’s HLbytes weekly bulletin, April 28, 2017. © 2017 American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Pursuant to statute, the IRS has contracted with four private collection agencies to collect overdue federal tax accounts. In light of ongoing scams and fraud by those posing as private collection firms, the IRS is now sending written notification to taxpayers with overdue taxes, and also making telephone calls. The written notice will provide the name and contact information for the private collection agency. If a valid power of attorney is on file, the tax representative will receive a copy of this letter as well.

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