IRS to outsource unpaid tax collection; critics worry about scammers

If you owe back taxes to the IRS, you may soon get a call from a private debt collector.

Congress voted to outsource the work, against IRS recommendations, as part of a new highway funding bill that took effect last month.

But critics are concerned scammers could easily pose as IRS tax collectors to fraud people out of their money. It's already a problem that cost consumers $20 million to $30 million over the last two years, according to government inspectors.

The agency also tried this approach twice in the past.

The new law calls for the IRS to enter into contracts with qualified tax collectors by March.

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