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Taxaddict1 (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
Client called me. He said someone claimed to be working for the IRS left him a phone message. That person said my client has serious tax issue and should call him back.

Does the IRS contact taxpayer in this way? And do they even work on Saturday?

Captcook (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
It's a scam.

Taxaddict1 (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
Does the IRS call taxpayer out of the blue like that?

Terry Oraha (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
They might, did the caller leave an IRS badge ID number, not that it matters, but I got a call from the correspondence audit department this week. Does the guy have an open issue with the IRS. I believe they were calling because of the shut down they are really behind, and I'm guessing they were calling to say that. The call back number, however, put me through the IRS phone maze, and even with her badge number, I could not get in touch with her again. Long story short, I believe you can get called nowadays.

Ckenefick (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
Did he try *69?

Post the number here, and we'll all call it. Then we'll vote.

Taxaddict1 (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
As far as I know, there is not an open case. If the client has received anything from the IRS, I think he is the kind of person who would inform his tax preparer, which is me, immediately. Well, but I guess chance is that the correspondence has been lost in the mail so he could not received it? Well, too many possibilities here.

Taxaddict1 (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
Ckenefick, my client did try to call back the number, but all he got is an answering message.

Ckenefick (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
"You have reached the Fake IRS Hotline. Please leave your credit card number at the tone. Beep."

Taxaddict1 (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
Well, actually the number that he left is not even an official IRS number. It is just a phone number in local area.

Taxaddict1 (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
It's a cell phone number.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
Discussion: Curious Phone Call from IRS read down and you will find it was legit.

Taxaddict1 (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
Well I talked to my client again.

He said, actually, it was not a live person who called, but just a recording message. The phone rang, he picked up the phone, hello hello hello, but the other person just kept talking, told him he had serious tax issue and had to return the call, then hang up.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

15 March 2014
scam

they would have to identify the identity of the person for whom they are calling before revealing 'serious' tax information concerns

can't do that with messages left automatically

Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

16 March 2014
My vote is for scam. I had a call a few years ago from someone seeking information on a client and the caller was claiming to be from the Criminal Investigation Unit of IRS. I wasn't aware of any activity relative to that client or any other client. So I told the caller to put their request in writing to us and we would respond. She became pushy and a little belligerant, threatened to go to the client's place of business, ultimately left me a phone number to call back. I called the client, they hadn't gotten any mail and had no knowledge of what could be going on. We waited a few days, no letters came, no one showed up at the client's business, and we never heard anything more.

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