Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service is about to start using four private debt-collection companies to chase down overdue payments from hundreds of thousands of people who owe money to the federal government, a job it has handled in house for years. Unlike IRS agents, who are not usually allowed to call delinquent taxpayers by telephone, the outside debt-collection agencies will have free rein to do so. Consumer watchdogs are fearful that some of the nation's most vulnerable taxpayers will be harassed and that criminals will take advantage of the system by phoning people and impersonating IRS collectors. "Collecting tax debt that's due and not in dispute is a matter of fairness to the many taxpayers who pay what they owe," said Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa. "It's been clear for a long time that the I.R.S. isn't collecting the debt that these contractors will focus on."

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This will work out well.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-04-20 01:37 PM | Reply

Doesn't the IRS still use Windows XP because we don't fund them?

#2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-04-20 01:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Feets dont fail me now!"

-Al Sharpton

#3 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2017-04-20 02:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

-Al Sharpton LOL
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#4 | Posted by ATaxpayer at 2017-04-20 02:10 PM | Reply

The IRS can garnish your check. They can impound your car. But, it is difficult to collect from independent contractors who operate in cash. I overheard an IRS agent who had been trying to collect on a tax dodger for more than five years. Everything he supposedly owned was in the name of his wife and brother and they had never recovered a cent.

#5 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-04-20 02:33 PM | Reply

This is only very old debt the IRS has already given up on. The problem is there is currently a pandemic of folks impersonating IRS agents and demanding payment on prepaid cards. This is terrible timing.

#6 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-04-20 03:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Just another way to give private companies the money that the government should get.

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-04-20 06:06 PM | Reply

Wait a minute. Democrats swear up and down and will never think differently that it is only rich people who aren't paying the taxes they owe. They spend considerable effort trying to convince the nation that everyone else is absolutely perfect, especially if they aren't white. So, who are these collectors calling then? I highly doubt they would call the rich people. Oh, wait a second...now the whole illegal scoping of Republicans the IRS targeted is all making sense...

#8 | Posted by humtake at 2017-04-21 11:13 AM | Reply

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