IRS Using Debt Collecters

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Starting next month, the I-R-S is planning to have three private companies try to collect some 12-thousand tax debts. By year's end, the number is expected to triple.

But the I-R-S is also warning taxpayers not to be taken in by scammers posing as those private collectors. They say anyone whose account is being turned over will get two letters -- one from the government, followed by another from the debt firm.

And they caution that no one will be getting any e-mails from the I-R-S. Some scammers have been sending e-mail with the I-R-S logo, trying to get personal information.

The union representing agency workers says taxpayers should still be concerned about the private companies, and can demand that the I-R-S itself handle their case.

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