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IRS Spends $20M To Collect $6.7M In Unpaid Taxes
Updated January 12, 2018 7:40 AM
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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, in the 2017 Annual Report to Congress, makes 50 recommendations for legislation to improve the IRS's administration of the tax law and to strengthen taxpayer rights.

Among other things, the report criticizes a law that requires the IRS to hire private debt collection agencies to deal with citizens who don't pay their taxes.

Initiated last April, the IRS spent $20 million for debt collection agencies that produced a measly $6.7 million.

The IRS "implemented the program in a manner that causes excessive financial harm to taxpayers and constitutes an end-run around taxpayer rights protections that Congress has enacted," the report states.

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