Until recently, the IRS would be the only one attempting to collect an outstanding tax balance owed. IRS has solicited Private Debt Collection Agencies (PDCs) to handle some taxpayer accounts.
What are the differences between direct IRS collection efforts and that of a private debt collection agency? For starters, private debt collection agencies will make cold calls to outstanding tax debtors, whereas the IRS will not make phone calls. Allowing phone calls to occur raises concerns that some of the collection attempts could occur by scam artists. Since the IRS has begun this, there have been numerous occasions where people have fallen victim to tax collection scam artists.
There are several things to consider which could help avoid getting scammed:
- As mentioned earlier, the IRS will never call you. They also will never text or email you. The IRS only physically mails out collection notices. In addition, the IRS is required to send you a notice that your tax debt has been transferred to a PDC before they can attempt to collect. It's recommended to follow up with the IRS to confirm if a call is legitimate. If a PDC calls, never disclose any personal information over the phone.
- Choose to pay the IRS directly, even if the IRS hired the PDC. You are not required to pay the PDC. Choosing to pay the IRS directly is allowed at any time. If a PDC contacts you, it is ideal to reach out to a tax professional before giving any information.
Remember, a licensed, experienced tax professional is often the best way to deal with private debt collectors and the IRS. We can get your tax debt back to the IRS's hands, where it belongs. Contact us today for an initial free consultation. Harmon Tax Resolution, LLC is available by calling
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