Your BBB® has learned that the Internal Revenue Service has hired private debt collectors that will go after delinquent accounts starting this month. The first step will be to notify the owners of these accounts. A week later, a second letter will come from the PCA with the identical information that was sent by the IRS in the previous letter, and then by a follow-up call, during which the tax collectors must authenticate itself to ensure their connection with the IRS.
In a statement, the IRS mentioned that there are four private firms (CBE Group of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Conserve of Fairport, N.Y.; Performant of Livermore, Calif.; and Pioneer of Horseheads, N.Y) that will handle 1600 accounts in the first month.
In May, each agency will be assigned 1000 accounts per week. The IRS urges consumers to be vigilant of possible scams related to the use of private debt collectors: “Here’s a simple rule to keep in mind. You won’t get a call from a private collection firm unless you have unpaid tax debts going back several years and you’ve already heard from the IRS multiple times,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
If you don’t know for sure whether or not you owe money to the IRS, you can check irs.gov/balancedue. If your balance is zero, then you don’t owe any money and will not be contacted by these agencies. If you receive a call asking you for money, it’s probably a scam. You can also watch our Vice President talking about this matter right here.
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