The National Conference of CPA Practitioners is questioning a proposal to reinstate a discontinued program that would allow private contractors to collect unpaid tax debts on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service.

A provision inserted in the Senate version of the tax extenders legislation, the EXPIRE Act, would authorize the IRS to reinstate the privatization program, which was discontinued in 2009 after it was shown to bring in less revenue than promised while jeopardizing taxpayer rights. The IRS Oversight Board, the National Taxpayer Advocate and IRS commissioner John Koskinen have also opposed bringing back the program (see IRS Oversight Board Opposes Private Debt Collectors).

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