The deadline to file your taxes is tomorrow – Tuesday, April 18th. And if you owe Uncle Sam, you may soon have to answer to private debt collectors.
The IRS says it will begin sending out letters this month to affected taxpayers.
Only people with 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 they are working as authorized IRS contractors from one of these four firms:
- CBE Group of Cedar Falls, Iowa
- Conserve of Fairport, New York
- Performant of Livermore, California
- Pioneer of Horseheads, New York.
The IRS encourages taxpayers to file a complaint if they have been mistreated.
If you need an extension of time to file this year’s return, visit the IRS website for the form