Your intuition is good.
IRS does not call people in their homes.
As a matter of fact IRS has published SEVEAL warnings about these phone scams.
YOU can see one of those at this IRS web site:
"An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call."
Note that the IRS will NEVER...
1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill;
2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe;
3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card;
4) ask for credit
or debit card numbers over the phone; or
5) threaten to bring in local
police or other law
-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying
Please do not waste your time or worry. DO not call them. And if they call and you answer, tell them that your are reporting
them the the FTC, the local authorities and the IRS.
This IS a scam.
Let me know if you have questions...