Hill Gives IRS Debt-Collection Duties: Lawmakers Irked at U.S. Agencies' Failing to Use Powers

By Godfrey, John | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), November 13, 1997 | Go to article overview

Hill Gives IRS Debt-Collection Duties: Lawmakers Irked at U.S. Agencies' Failing to Use Powers


Godfrey, John, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Lawmakers are turning to the Internal Revenue Service to help collect $50 billion owed the federal government.

The debts are not for taxes, but for loans, royalties, fines and overpaid benefits owed Uncle Sam. According to a report released yesterday, agencies have shown little progress in collecting these debts despite passage last year of legislation designed to help them do so.

"We've handed the government departments the tools to clamp down on people who owe the money, yet they continue to let the debt pile up," said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York Democrat, and author of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996.

"At the very least, agencies ought to refer debts . . . to the Internal Revenue Service for tax refund offset," said Rep. Steve Horn, California Republican, who co-sponsored the legislation with Mrs. Maloney.

According to Mr. Horn, the Department of Treasury's Financial Management Service has spent between $20 million to $30 million implementing the Debt Collection Improvement Act, but only collected an additional $2.8 million.

As part of a program begun in 1992, agencies have asked for the IRS' assistance in collecting about $11 billion. According to Treasury, the IRS in 1996 used about $1.7 billion in tax refunds to offset federal debts. The IRS has also been asked to help state and local governments collect $38.1 billion in delinquent child-support payments.

The departments of Education, Defense, Agriculture, Health and Human Services are owed the most. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Hill Gives IRS Debt-Collection Duties: Lawmakers Irked at U.S. Agencies' Failing to Use Powers
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.