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Does the IRS initiate audits with a phone call or is it a scam?

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In 2014, the IRS warned consumers against phone scams where callers claim to be from the IRS and consumers are told that either they are due a large refund or they owe money to the IRS. The IRS always sends taxpayers a written notification of tax due through the mail.

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If a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS is received, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to resolve any payment issues. If no taxes are owed, call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 to report the incident. The IRS also does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. Emails claiming to be from the IRS should not be opened; they should be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov.

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