More proof that privatization of certain, important government functions is a waste of taxpayer dollars…

The Internal Revenue Service expects to lose more than $37 million by using private debt collectors to pursue tax scofflaws through a program that has outraged consumers and led to charges on Capitol Hill that the agency is wasting money for work that IRS agents could do more effectively.

The program was created in 2004 by the Republican-controlled Congress “after years of lobbying by the private collection industry.”