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IRS dumps private debt collectors

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service has decided to quit using debt collectors to dun delinquent taxpayers. The move is being celebrated by public employee unions as a pendulum shift after watching the Bush administration often opt for private contractors over federal workers to deliver government services.

IRS contracts with private debt collection agencies to go after delinquent taxpayers expired Friday. In deciding not to renew them, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said he concluded after a monthlong review that tax collection could best be done by government workers.

The program brought in a little more than $80 million since its inception in 2006.

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