IRS May Use Private Debt Collectors

Remember that big spending bill Congress passed last month? Somehow, it eliminated an amendment that would have banned the IRS from hiring private firms to go after delinquent taxpayers, a tactic President Bush supported.

So now, the IRS can use commercial debt collectors who will be allowed to keep up to 25% of what they rake in. Where are the controls against harassment? Against the invasion of privacy? There are none. This is the Bush Administration, remember?

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