Most Serious Problem: Private Debt Collection

The IRS implemented its current Private Debt Collection (PDC) initiative in April 2017.  As of September 13, 2018, about $5.7 billion in debts of more than 600,000 taxpayers were in the hands of private collection agencies (PCAs).  As of September 30, 2018, more than 400,000 taxpayers’ debts were in Private Collection Agency (PCA) inventory with no installment agreement (IA) or payment for more than three months after assignment, and had been in PCA inventory for 244 days on average.  Thus, PCA inventory is fast becoming a substitute of the IRS collection queue.

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