The IRS announced that it would begin using private debt collection agencies some time next spring.
This change in methods is a result of legislation enacted by Congress last December. The plan is to use these agencies to work on accounts that the IRS is no longer working on. The IRS will alert taxpayers and their representatives prior to assigning the account to the private debt collector.
The IRS insures that taxpayer rights will be upheld. Taxpayer rights are a major concern voiced by opponents of the plan. Expect some bumps in the road as this program takes off because there is bound to be a lot of confusion considering the prevalence of tax scams.