Members Of Congress Speak Out Against Private Tax Debt Collections

As concerns mount over the recent proposal to turn over delinquent tax accounts to private debt collectors, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Ranking Member John Lewis (D-GA), Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), and Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) have issued the following statement: It is misguided and harmful … Read more

Despite Complaints, Past Failures & Opportunities For Fraud, Congress Pushes Private Tax Collection

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. – Winston Churchill Sometimes it feels like the government does this best. Failed policies are often recycled – often many times – in some sort of desperate attempt to make them work. Or to spend taxpayer dollars to promote self-serving agendas. Sometimes it’s … Read more

Tax Collections Hit Record Highs With No Dip In Spending

With two more months left to go in the fiscal year, the feds are on a roll. Tax revenues for the first ten months of the fiscal year topped a record $2,672,414,000,000 (report downloads as a pdf). Those numbers represent almost 8% in growth of tax revenues over those collected in 2014. In pure dollars, … Read more

What To Do When You Can’t Pay Your Tax Bill In Full

Ready to file your federal tax return? If you’re ready to file and make payment, check out these prompt payment options. But what if you can’t pay what you owe? File anyway. Penalties apply for failure to file and failure to pay. To reduce the hit to your wallet from penalties, be sure to file … Read more

Congress, Ignoring History, Considers Turning Over Tax Debts To Private Collection Agencies

The tax gap in the United States is estimated to be about $385 billion. The tax gap is the difference between what the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expects to collect in taxes and what they actually collect. That sounds like a lot of money. And I agree that it is. But considering that the IRS … Read more