April 17, 2008
…and Privatization Scores Again!

The Headless Nail passes on this, from the Washington Post:

The House voted 238 to 179 yesterday to kill an Internal Revenue Service program that relies on private debt collectors to pursue scofflaws for back taxes.

Fourteen Republicans joined 224 Democrats in voting to shutter the two-year-old effort, which has the IRS on track to lose more than $37 million as it pays contractors to do what the government’s own tax experts say IRS agents could do more efficiently. Despite aggressive collection tactics, the contractors have brought in only $49 million in revenue, little more than half of what it has cost the IRS to implement the program.


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 17, 2008 11:09 PM
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