Avoid IRS Scams: The Only Firms that will Contact You Directly

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- The tax deadline is tomorrow! And if you owe money, you may soon have to answer to private debt collectors.

The IRS says it will begin sending out letters this month to affected taxpayers. Only people with longstanding tax debts going back several years will be contacted.

If your case ends up being farmed out to a private collection firm, the IRS will provide you with its name and contact information.

The firm should also indicate they are working as authorized IRS contractors from one of these four firms:

CBE Group of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Conserve of Fairport, New York; Performant of Livermore, California; and Pioneer of Horseheads, New York.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to file a complaint if they have been mistreated. And remember- any initial contact will not be by the phone.

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