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IRS starting use of private debt collectors

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This month the IRS has begun using private debt-collection companies. This is a new and significant change in policy and process, but it will also open up a lot of new opportunities for scams. Prior to this change, conventional scam protection education was centered around ignoring when people would call pretending to be the IRS or collecting for the IRS. The IRS wants the public to be aware of this new change, and that now they should call the IRS to confirm if a collection attempt is legitimate.

The new change affects taxpayers with US federal tax debts that are at least 2 years old. The IRS will contact the individual by two letters before private collection agency will make attempts.  Legitimate private debt collectors will tell individuals to pay the IRS directly—and not pay them.

For more information about the new changes and how to help avoid scammers, click here.

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