IRS Identifies Five Collection Agencies for Pilot Project

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Last year, Congress required the IRS to test the concept of using private collection agencies to collect delinquent taxes. Cases to be included in the pilot program include failure to deposit employment taxes.

On June 17, the IRS announced that it had awarded contracts under the pilot program to the following

five firms:

Aman Collection Service, Inc., Aberdeen SD

Continental Credit Service, Kirkland WA

CSC Credit Services, Houston TX

GC Services, Washington DC

Unger & Associates, Dallas TX

The IRS will provide the collection agencies with limited case information on individuals and businesses with outstanding tax liabilities. The private firms will try to find and contact the taxpayers and remind them of their outstanding taxes. Taxpayers will be informed of ways to resolve their tax problems, such as installment arrangements and extensions. The private agencies will be working on taxpayers currently or formerly located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

According to the IRS, contractors will be limited to locating delinquent taxpayers, reminding them of their tax liabilities, securing promises to pay the IRS or commitments to enter into IRS installment agreements, monitoring payments against promises and commitments, and following up with taxpayers. …