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IRS turning to private collectors for long-standing debt

If you have outstanding tax debt, you may be referred to a private collector. (Source: IRS via CNN) If you have outstanding tax debt, you may be referred to a private collector. (Source: IRS via CNN)
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(CNN) - The tax deadline is Tuesday, and if you owe Uncle Sam, you may soon have to answer to private debt collectors.

The IRS said it will begin sending out letters this month to affected taxpayers.

Only people will longstanding tax debts going back several years will be contacted, and the initial contact will not be by phone.

If your case ends up being farmed out to a private collection firm, the IRS will provide you with its name and contact information.

The firm should also indicate it is working as an authorized IRS contractor from either CBE Group of Cedar Falls, IA, Conserve of Fairport, NY, Performant of Livermore, CA and Pioneer of Horseheads, NY.

The IRS also encourages taxpayers to file a complaint if they have been mistreated.

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