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IRS Moving Forward With Private Debt Collection Program

By:  Amanda Wilson

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen recently announced that the IRS is moving forward with a program to have private companies enter into contracts to collect tax debts.    Commissioner Koskinen expected that the new private debt collection program would be in place around by April 2017, although Senate Finance Committee member Chuck Grassley is pushing the IRS to implement the private debt collection program on a faster time table.

It will be interesting to see how the program will deal with the massive problem of tax collection scams that is already plaguing the IRS and taxpayers.

IRS (Temporarily?) Halts IPPIN Application Process

TAX FRAUDBy:  Amanda Wilson

I have previously written about the IPPIN program that the IRS offers many taxpayers as a way to prevent tax-related identity fraud.  For a discussion of this program, please look here.

Unfortunately, the IRS has halted the application process for now.  On its website, the IRS states that the IPPIN application is unavailable until further notice as the IRS reviews the application tool and looks at strengthening its security features.  Hopefully, this will only be a temporary halt, as the IPPIN program is one of the best tools available to taxpayers to protect themselves against an identity thief filing a fraudulent return in their name.

Protect Yourself Against Tax Identity Theft

TAX FRAUDBy:  Amanda Wilson

Last year, I provided information about a program that the IRS offers many taxpayers to help protect against tax identity theft.  I’m sharing this article again because this continues to be a huge problem.  If you have not gotten an IPPIN yet, please read this!



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