As of September 23, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") has started to assign delinquent federal tax obligations to private debt collectors in an effort to obtain payment from individuals. If you have experienced this type of collection activity, then you likely received collection letters, phone calls, or even e-mails from CBE Group, Inc., Coast Professional, Inc. or ConServe. Certainly, if you owe the tax obligation, you should make arrangements to pay it or explore bankruptcy as an option to obtain relief either through a discharge (if eligible) or a payment plan via a Chapter 13 or Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Don't owe the IRS but the collection agency continues to try to collect the tax bill?
If you have placed the IRS collection agency on notice that you paid the related tax debt, and it has a $0.00 or a lower balance than what the IRS collection agency is trying to collect, and the collection agency does not stop trying to collect the improper amount, then you may have a claim against the IRS collection agency for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") entitling you to corrective action and compensation for such collection attempts.
So who are the IRS collection agencies?
For more information on the three (3) IRS collection agencies helping the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), please visit their respective websites at:
CBE Group, Inc. - https://www.cbecompanies.com/cbegroup/
Coast Professional, Inc. - https://coastprofessional.com
ConServe - https://www.conserve-arm.com/
If you are still dealing with collections from CBE Group, Inc., Coast Professional, Inc., or ConServe despite putting the debt collector on notice that the tax obligation is no longer owed in the amount claimed, feel free to call our office for a free phone consultation to determine if your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") were violated.