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Calls About IRS Debt? They May Not All Be Scams

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Orlando Vargas | 08 April, 2017, 00:24

IRS e-file is the most accurate way to file your tax return.

Change is coming to the Internal Revenue Service because it's now hiring private debt collectors to go after people who haven't paid their taxes.

Starting this month, the IRS will start sending taxpayers to collections and that has many concerned about scams and unscrupulous private collection agents. The IRS normally will send you a request asking for those. Community tax help consists of two programs, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA program, and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly, or TCE program. In 2015, a cancer survivor who received $50,000 in donations got a tax bill for more than $19,000.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said the new program is overdue. He called for the IRS to continue outsourcing collections.

"Where's My Refund?" - The "Where's My Refund?" tool has the most up-to-date information on refunds. Those include allowing collection agencies to target tax delinquents by phone, something the IRS has never done. The IRS says it will review the companies regularly and examine the taxpayer complaints that the companies are required to report. "One of those was to be very careful about ensuring the taxpayers have confidence that they're talking to a private collection agency", Banowsky said.

When it comes to recognizing scam calls, Jones warned that anyone receiving a call should not reply or provide any information or money orders, money grams or any other form of payment to anyone saying they are with the IRS. If you haven't filed in previous years because you owe and you think you just can't do it.

Take a close look at the tax tables. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

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There's a distinct tax benefit to home ownership. The program will automatically transfer information from last year's return. This is equivalent to 3 million full-time jobs. But pay attention to the fees and the interest rates associated with a loan. Pioneer says the allegations by the CFPB and the attorneys general were not based on evidence of harm. The IRS will be watching for these schemes as the collection program begins, and this effort will include working with partners in the tax community and law enforcement about emerging scams. As of March 2, 2017, the IRS processed 1.7 million tax returns that reported almost $6.4 billion in Premium Tax Credits. Among the topics: domineering methods used by companies when dealing with taxpayers over the phone.

There's even a Taxpayer Advocate Service, headed by our "National Taxpayer Advocate", Nina Olson.

Tax avoidance is perfectly legal provided you follow the rules.

"Prior to being contacted by an approved private-collection agency, the taxpayer will be provided a series of notices advising the debt is owed", he continued. Baroody said he's concerned the new policy will lead to a spike in threatening scam phone calls. The program will grow to 1,000 accounts a week for each firm by the end of summer.

More resources are available on IRS.gov https://www.irs.gov/ .

Liberty Tax Service tax preparer Ronn Seely works on tax returns on April 14, 2011 in San Francisco, California.

The IRS said that taxpayers should be on the lookout for scammers pretending to be private debt collectors and that they will only be contacted by legitimate firms if they have had an unpaid debt for years that the IRS has already contacted them about. No, they're not the government taking pity on us all.

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