Is it really them? Has the IRS come for me?
I have heard from four clients over the last week that have received calls they thought were from the IRS. Two of them owe nothing!
Here is what the IRS will do:
If an IRS representative visits you, he or she will always provide two forms of official credentials called a pocket commission and a HSPD-12 card. HSPD-12 is a government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification for Federal employees and contractors. You have the right to see these credentials.
IRS collection employees may call or come to a home or business unannounced to collect a tax debt. They will not demand that you make an immediate payment to a source other than the U.S. Treasury.
That being said, should they call, invite them over to meet at the address they have on file. Check identification, take pictures and call the IRS to verify credentials . If you really want to have fun invite someone like me to the party! firstname.lastname@example.org