Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

The Cell Phone Tax – A Hidden, Fast-Growing Tax – Out In The Open

One device consistently used by Americans is our cell phone. Every month our phone bill lists a multitude of charges, fees, and taxes that we are regularly assessed. And yes, in addition to all of the fees and charges, there are taxes on cell phone use. When you consider how much the telephone is used, these taxes annually collect hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

IRS Is Outsourcing Tax Debt Collection: Good News Or Bad News?

In September of 2016, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it plans to begin outsourcing the collection of some overdue federal tax debts in the spring of 2017 to private contractors, and has contracted with four collection outfits to implement this new program.

Authorized under a federal law enacted by Congress last December, the new program enables the following designated contractors to collect, on the government’s behalf, outstanding inactive tax receivables. As a condition of receiving this contract, these agencies must respect taxpayer rights, which includes observing the consumer protection provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

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