The IRS has a $400 billion debt that they have not been able to collect! Starting in the spring of 2017, the IRS has hired private debt collection agencies to go after these back taxes. Collectors from four private contractors will begin calling Americans who owe overdue taxes and penalties to demand payment.
People who know that they owe back taxes should be aware that they may receive written notice from the IRS that their account is being transferred to a private collection agency. The designated private agency will then send a second letter to the taxpayer (and their tax-preparer representative if they have one) confirming this transfer.
The four agencies chosen as contractors for the IRS are identified as:
1309 Technology Pkwy
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
200 Crosskeys Office Park
Fairport, NY 14450
333 N Canyons Pkwy
Livermore, CA 94551
325 Daniel Zenker Dr
Horseheads, NY 14845
These private collection agencies must identify themselves as contractors for the IRS. These agencies:
- Must follow Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0149-debt-collection)
- Must be courteous and respect taxpayers’ rights
- Are authorized to discuss payment options, including setting up payment agreements
- Will not ask for payment on a prepaid debit card, iTunes card or wire transfer
- Will inform taxpayers about the legitimate electronic payment option on gov/payments or
checks made payable to the US Treasury and sent directly to the IRS, not the collection agency.
But Beware! There are still scammers out there masquerading as the IRS who may call, threaten and try to trick you into sending money to them. If you get such a call from someone you believe may be a scammer, you should report it to www.tigta.gov (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) or call 1-800-366-4484. If you know you owe taxes or think you may owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS staff can help you.
Protect yourself. The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you several bills.
- Call or email you to verify your identity by asking for personal and financial information.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or email.
- Threaten to immediately bring local police or law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Questions? Call the Community Protection Division: 303-441-3700
Boulder Office: Justice Center, 1777 6th St., Boulder, Colorado 80302 303.441.3700 fax: 303.441.4703
Longmont Office: 1035 Kimbark, Longmont, Colorado 80501 303.441.3700 fax: 303.682.6711
www.bouldercountyda.org email: email@example.com TDD/V: 303.441.4774
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