An Unhappy Return This Tax Season

Tax Document

It’s back.

As Americans prepare for the April 18 tax-filing deadline, Congress is forcing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to unleash a program that will undoubtedly make many taxpayers unhappy. 

Beginning this month, the IRS is once again using private agencies to collect tax debts—despite the program’s repeated failures in the past. Debt collection companies have started sending a few hundred letters out to those with unpaid tax bills, which will be followed with phone calls. The program will grow to thousands a week later this spring and summer. As if it’s not bad enough having to deal with one of the most complained-about industries in the country, taxpayers now need to be on the lookout for scammers posing as private collection firms.

NTEU wasted no time in getting the message to the media—and taxpayers—that this congressionally-mandated program has proven a waste of money and poses serious dangers to taxpayers’ personal information. NTEU’s position opposing the IRS private tax debt collection program was cited on and in The Hill, Federal News Radio and Accounting Today. The Associated Press also covered NTEU’s position, and the article appeared in multiple print and broadcast outlets nationwide.

NTEU is turning up the volume in our fight against the program. As part of our message, NTEU is underscoring the benefits of working with IRS employees, who have the flexibility to offer financially-struggling taxpayers various tools to help them pay their taxes

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