Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, defended the Internal Revenue Service's outsourcing of tax collections to private firms by pointing out the thousands of disciplinary actions taken against IRS employees.

In a letter to Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., lead sponsor of Senate legislation to cut the program, he noted the IRS's own poor track record in closing the "tax gap" between taxes owed but not collected. The House passed its own bill this week that contains a provision repealing the IRS Private Debt Collection Program (see House Repeals Private Debt Collection Program).

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