There’s some recent news that might come as a shock to you, and it’s the fact that government agencies have really been cracking down on collecting debts, and we mean all kinds of debts. They have been hiring private debt collection agencies to go after consumers for everything from old parking tickets to missed tolls and taxes. So, unless you’re a perfect angel, you can’t be sure you’re 100% safe from some type of collections efforts on behalf of the government.
The reason that government agencies are doing
this is pretty simple: money. Many states and cities are finding themselves
broke and desperately in need of funds, which they’re trying to secure, a
little at a time, by going after even the smallest of unpaid debts.
Furthermore, there’s really no good reason
for government agencies NOT to go after these debts. It has been discovered that the government can
outsource collections, which means little time or effort on their part, and
they can allow outsourced agencies to tack on their own collection fees,
allowing debts to be collected at no cost to the government agencies. #DebtCollectionPractices
Debt collection agencies working for the
government also benefit since they’re not subjected to the same tight laws as
other agencies. They can add on higher fees than non-government contracted
agencies and make (and carry out) serious threats, such as suspended drivers’
licenses and garnished wages. Of course, penalties and fees do vary from state
to state, but in general, government-contracted debt collectors have more leeway in their collection practices.
So, if you’ve got unpaid debts lurking
somewhere in your past, your best bet is to get them taken care of now. If you
don’t, don’t be surprised when a government-contracted collection agency calls
your phone, demanding what you owe and then some!