It’s a SCAM!
I receive calls from clients two or three times a week. I assure them, their taxes are fine and the IRS would never call to relay that type of information.
Last month, I received the phone call too. So I played along, letting them know I was very scared and would be willing to pay immediately to settle the debt. I then got transferred to “the closer”. He wanted me to wire $2,615 to their bank account. I told him that I would prefer to go to the local IRS Office to pay them directly. He said no, this was another Division and could not be handled locally. I told him I know would feel more comfortable personally delivering the check to the Seattle Office as I know people at the local office since I used to work there.
CLICK, end of conversation.
Don’t fall victim to this scam!
UPDATE October 2016: Police in Mumbai, India arrested 70 people involved in a massive tax phone scam! Read the follow-up post here.