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I am a different expert, and I can tell you are the victim of a very well-known scam.
The number appears to be a Washington, DC number, but is really a VOIP. That stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, meaning calls are being made over a computer, which can actually be anywhere in the world. Further, as you already seem to know, the IRS does not make these kinds of calls.
Unscrupulous people buy up old marketing lists and use them to call and convince people to pay money they don't really owe. But don't worry. You haven't done anything wrong. The call is just a way of phishing for your personal information and of trying to steal money from you. You can just block and ignore their calls.
Typically the caller will tell you that you owe money and if you don't pay it, the IRS will have you arrested. Nothing is going to happen to you, however. You're not dealing with th IRS.
When the IRS really does audit you and determines that you really do owe money, you don't get a call or an email. You get a written notification from them via certified or registered snail mail. The notice is on an official government form and includes the information you need to reply to them, so that you can show them that their calculations are in error and ask for a hearing. You will not get a phone call.
If you are unwise enough to disregard the IRS letter, the IRS STILL won't call you. And they won't come after you to arrest you either. They cannot file criminal charges against you without due process. But eventually what would happen is that the IRS will levy your bank account and seize all of your assets. What they will not seize is you.
We don't have debtor's prisons in this country. Nobody can get arrested for failure to pay a civil debt.
The IRS is very aware of scams perpetrated in its name. Scams like this have been going around for a long time. You can see warnings from the IRS about audit and other types of scams here:
The IRS tells you how they want you to handle this scam here on their website:
They recommend that you call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800*366*4484 and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov.
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