Chico Tax Debt Relief Attorney

Serving Clients in Glenn, Tehama & Plumas Counties

In the past, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) relied on only its own resources and professionals to pursue overdue federal tax debts. While this still had the possibility of making debt litigation complicated, debtors at least know what agency with which they were dealing. However, in 2017, the IRS announced that it would hire four private collection agencies to pursue certain outstanding federal tax debts.

The IRS will only be utilizing the services of the following four companies:

  1. CBE (headquartered in Waterloo, Iowa)
  2. ConServe (headquartered in Fairport, New York)
  3. Performant (headquartered in Pleasanton, California)
  4. Pioneer (headquartered in Horseheads, New York)

Debtors contacted by any other company claiming to be a private collection agency retained by the IRS should be extremely cautious, as it could be indicative of fraudulent behavior. Additionally, any debtor contacted by an actual agent of the aforementioned companies should seek legal counsel as soon as possible. It might be possible to contest or discharge your federal tax debt with the right case preparation.


Contact The Law Office of Nikki Farris and our Chico bankruptcy attorney today to learn more about tax debt relief.


Accounts Eligible for Private Tax Debt Collection Efforts

The IRS has stated that it will not use private tax debt collection companies for all cases of outstanding federal tax debt. In order to reduce the chances of fraudulent behavior from unrelated companies poses as one retained by the IRS, categories of tax debt have been selected for private tax debt collection exclusion. If one of the aforementioned companies is inadvertently handed an account by the IRS to manage but it includes one or more of the excluded categories, the company is expected to return the manifest to the IRS without pursuing the debt any further.

Private collection agencies should not handle any tax debt held by taxpayers who are:

  • Deceased.
  • In the middle or recently concluded an identity theft case.
  • Innocent spouses is innocent spouse cases.
  • Living within a declared disaster area.
  • Managing an active offer-in-compromise, installment agreement, or right-of-appeal.
  • Not older than 18-years old.
  • Targeted by examination or criminal investigation.
  • Within designated or active combat zones.

Do you believe that your federal tax debt should not be handled by a private tax debt collection agency due to meeting one or more of the aforementioned requirements? It is important for you to act quickly before additional contact attempts are made, or other steps are taken against you, by the collection agency. Call 888.325.1181 to talk to our Butte County tax debt relief lawyer now.

Legal Solutions to Tax Debt Collection Attempts

The Law Office of Nikki Farris has years of experience helping the people of Northern California find smart solutions to federal tax debts. In many instances, filing for bankruptcy, no matter how intimidating that may sound, may actually be the best option. Not only can this discharge large portions of debt, but it can also immediately stop any creditor or debtor harassment.


Schedule a free case evaluation with our Chico bankruptcy attorney to learn if you qualify and how to begin.