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It's not a hoax.......it's a Scam.
The IRS does not make phone calls like that & doesn't put people in Jail by threatening them over the phone.
How did they want him to make the payment, by credit card or Money Order?
Here's what the IRS recommends you do:
If you don't owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do:
Here's the link to the Treasury Inspector General: