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Dems want to end to federally-funded, private debt collection agencies

Joe Mont | February 20, 2018

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have introduced legislation that would repeal authority from the Internal Revenue Service to contract with private collection agencies to collect unpaid taxes.

Now in its third iteration, “each time the program has been allowed to function, it has been shown to cost the federal government more money than it takes in while targeting some of the most vulnerable taxpayers” and potentially violating their rights, a statement announcing the legislative proposal says.

"The IRS private debt collection program is nothing more than a waste of taxpayer money," Warren, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said in a sttaement. "Not one penny of Americans' hard-earned pay should be going towards ineffective private collection agencies.”

"Putting a bulls-eye on the back of low-income...

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